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Aiguilles de Chaleux. The cave is located to the left of this rock formation. (Photo: Mark Ryckaert)
17/01/2020

A Lot of Birds On The Menu 14.000 Years Ago in Belgian Chaleux Cave

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Reinout Verbeke

The hunter-gatherers who lived along the Lesse at the end of the last Ice Age exploited many different species of birds. Some bird remains suggest that humans attributed symbolic value to them.

A beetle in the heart of Brussels
15/01/2020

Urbanization Impoverishes Fauna, New Study Proofs

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Siska Van Parys

Urbanization reduces species diversity and decimates populations. That is the conclusion of a team of biologists after comparing a wide range of animal species between densely built-up and rural areas.

One of the three fossil jaw bones of Pahelia mysteriosa found at the Tadkeshwar mine. P. mysteriosa belongs to a newly described family of ungulates that lived 54 million years ago in India. (Photo: Thierry Smith, RBINS)
22/11/2019

Paleontologists Discover Mysterious Hoofed Animal That Roamed India 54 Million Years Ago

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Reinout Verbeke

Belgian paleontologists have discovered a new family of ungulates that lived in India some 54 million years ago.

Roraima firefly larva. (Photo: RBINS)
19/11/2019

Firefly Stops Glowing And Preys On Its Predator

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Reinout Verbeke

Belgian biologist Philippe Kok has found that larvae of a firefly species in South-America shifted their diet to a small toad that is supposed to be their predator. Interestingly, the larvae have stopped glowing. In this way, they can better ambush the toad.

Christian Burlet presents the SpectroGRID to the astrobiologists of 'Origins and Habitability'
14/11/2019

Belgian Geologists Create Laser Rock Scanner for NASA

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Siska Van Parys

Scientists of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences have developed an ultra-robust rock scanner to analyse the chemical composition of rocks.

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