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Scanned skull of Temnodontosaurus

Predatory adaptations in the large Jurassic marine reptile Temnodontosaurus

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Reinout Verbeke

Palaeontologists have found among Temnodontosaurs - Jurassic-era sea predators - that not all species were equally well adapted to catching large prey. This indicates that these contemporaries each occupied their own ecological niche and thus avoided competition.

Reconstruction of Perucetus colossus in its coastal habitat. Estimated body length: ~20 meters. (Artist: Alberto Gennari).

Newly described ancient whale could be the heaviest animal ever

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Reinout Verbeke

Perucetus colossus, an ancient whale that swam off the coast of present-day Peru 39 million years ago, rivals the blue whale as the heaviest animal ever.

Skeleton of an adult cave bear next to a cub in a former exhibition at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels. (Photo: Thierry Hubin, RBINS)

Kieferanalysen zeigen was Höhlen-bären und Braunbären fraßen

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Reinout Verbeke
Die Unterschiede liegen im Detail: Spezielle 3D-Formanalysen der Kiefer und Gebisse von Höhlenbären und zeitgleich lebenden Braunbären aus der Fossilfundstelle in den Höhlen von Goyet in Belgien zeigen deren deutlich unterschiedliches Nahrungsspektrum.
Wing of a male mallard, showing the iridescent and colorful blue speculum in the secondary remiges. (Photo: RBINS)

Bones from 31,000 years ago indicate ancient exploitation of duck wings

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Reinout Verbeke

A study conducted on 31,000-year-old bird remains, discovered in the 1960’s on an archaeological site from the Hainault province, suggests that hunter-gatherers of the time had a particular interest for duck wings.

Ten crocodile mummies in an undisturbed tomb in Qubbat al-Hawā, discovered in 2019. (Photo: Patricia Mora Riudavets)

Egyptian tomb with ten crocodile mummies discovered  

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Reinout Verbeke

Spanish archaeologists made an unusual discovery in southern Egypt: a still undisturbed tomb containing ten mummified crocodiles. Archaeologists from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences had the opportunity to study the mummies.


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