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Urbanization puts a great selection pressure on species and could disrupt ecosystems. (Photo: RBINS)
23/05/2018

Urbanization Affects Animal Body Size

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Reinout Verbeke

Animals in cities are considerably smaller or larger than species on the countryside, a large study concludes. Co-author Frederik Hendrickx (RBINS): ‘Urbanization puts a great selection pressure on species and could disrupt ecosystems.’

Reconstruction of the 34-million-year-old whale skull from Antarctica - the second-oldest "baleen" whale ever found. (by Carl Buell)
10/05/2018

Ancient Skull Suggests Whales Were Giant Before Baleen Arose

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Reinout Verbeke

At least some whales became giants long before the emergence of filter feeding, a 34-million-year-old whale skull suggests.

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11/04/2018

Fusion18 | Get inspired by our collections!

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Charlotte Degueldre

Fusion18 is a temporary installation bridging the gap between the natural sciences and drawing. Discover our collections through scientific illustrations of our specimens, works by a well-known artist and sketches by enthusiastic amateurs.

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig have reconstructed the DNA of five ‘late’ Neandertals, two of them found on Belgian ground. (Photo: Max Planck Institute)
21/03/2018

The Genomes of Five Late Neandertals Provide Insights Into Neandertal History

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Reinout Verbeke

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig have reconstructed the DNA of five ‘late’ Neandertals, two of them found on Belgian ground.

Mantellisaurus atherfieldensis, 'the smaller iguanodon', and in the background the bigger Iguanodon bernissartensis. (Photo: RBINS)
09/03/2018

Bone Analysis Confirms: ‘Little Iguanodon’ is a Separate Species

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Reinout Verbeke

Inside the glass cage of the Bernissart Iguanodons in the Museum of Natural Sciences, one much smaller specimen stands out. But its bone structure is of an adult animal, an analysis by Koen Stein (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) concludes.

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