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The skull of Rhaphicetus (dorsal view and lateral view). (Photo: RBINS)
21/09/2020

18 Million Year Old Sperm Whale With 'Needle-Shaped' Snout

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Reinout Verbeke

Paleontologists have excavated and described one of the oldest fossil sperm whales. The new species from Peru is approximately 18 million years old. Rhaphicetus valenciae was about 5 metres long and had an extremely long snout and slender, pointed teeth.

Comparison of the skeleton of Primoptynx poliotauros next to that of the extant snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) (c) Sven Tränkner & Gerald Mayr
28/07/2020

Owl Discovered That Hunted Like A Hawk 55 Million Years Ago

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Siska Van Parys

Paleontologists have described a large owl that killed medium-sized mammals with its feet and claws some 55 million years ago. “Today, owls kill with their beak," says paleontologist Thierry Smith (RBINS), who participated to the study of the well-preserved skeleton from Wyoming, USA.

Jaarverslag 2019
08/07/2020

Be Surprised By Our Annual Report 2019

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Reinout Verbeke

In this buzzing beehive that is our Institute, who knows what's going on behind all the doors?

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Black skin in a live Black vulture (Coragyps atratus) (Photo: Michaël Nicolaï)
02/06/2020

Underneath The Feathers: Darker Bird Skin Protects Against UV Light

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Reinout Verbeke

Biologists from the University of Ghent discovered that bird skin becomes darker towards the equator. Tanned skin protects birds from harmful UV light. This evolutionary pattern was already know for humans and reptiles.

Save biodiversity, together & now!
21/05/2020

Rette die Biodiversität, zusammen & jetzt!

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Charlotte Degueldre

Biodiversity is crucial for our survival and well-being. She nourishes and heals us. She offers us oxygen and drinkable water. Biodiversity takes care of us, but is under threat. It is urgent to change our lifestyle and act to preserve life, including and our lifes, on the planet.

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