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Mosasaur skulls
07/09/2022

Did early whales function the same way as marine reptiles?

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Reinout Verbeke

Research from ULiège and RBINS investigated the morphological similarities between the earliest whales and ancient marine reptiles from the dinosaur-era, the mosasaurs. Four specimens from our collections were used for this study.

The excavation team of 2022: Thierry Hubin, Stijn Pardon, Reinout Verbeke, Karim Ben Larbi, Mathys Rotonda, Pascal Godefroit, Aurore Mathys, Filippo Bertozzo and Xavier Valentin. (Thierry Hubin, RBINS)
25/08/2022

Digging Jurassic Dinosaurs in Wyoming: 'Camarasaurus' Morris

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Reinout Verbeke

The third excavation season in central Wyoming is spendid one for the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences: three dinosaurs from the late Jurassic era. A - at first sight - young Camarasaurus, a Dryosaurus and possibly a Brachiosaurus.

Artist's reconstruction of the pterosaur Tupandactylus. (Copyright: Julio Lacerda)
20/04/2022

Pterosaurs already had coloured feathers

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Reinout Verbeke

Pterosaurs, flying reptiles and close relatives of the dinosaurs, already developed feathers of different shapes and colours. This has been proven by a 115 million year old Brazilian fossil, studied by a team of palaeontologists.

Arctocyon skull from the collections of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. The skull was excavated in the 1980s in the Reims region. (Photo: Thierry Smith)
31/03/2022

Mammals put brawn before brains to survive post-dinosaur world

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Reinout Verbeke

Prehistoric mammals bulked up, rather than develop bigger brains, to boost their survival chances once dinosaurs had become extinct, research suggests.

Artistic reconstruction of the Seiche wave surging into the Tanis river, bringing in fishes and everything in its path while impact spherules rain down from the sky. (Artistic reconstruction: Joschua Knüppe)
23/02/2022

Reign of the dinosaurs ended in spring

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Reinout Verbeke

An international team of researchers has discovered that the asteroid that wiped out almost all the dinosaurs came down in spring. This is indicated by the growth and feeding patterns of fish that died immediately after the impact.

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