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Ten crocodile mummies in an undisturbed tomb in Qubbat al-Hawā, discovered in 2019. (Photo: Patricia Mora Riudavets)
18/01/2023

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.

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.

Dominant male of the new species Haplochromis glaucus.
22/04/2022

Ten new species of predatory fish from Lake Edward

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Reinout Verbeke

A team of Belgian researchers has described ten new species of small predatory fish from Lake Edward. Scientists have long suspected that this lake between the DR Congo and Uganda is home to exceptional fish diversity.

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.

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