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The Coastguard aircraft OO-MMM in action. (c) RBINS/MUMM
17/04/2019

Aerial Surveys over the North Sea in 2018

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Kelle Moreau

In 2018, we performed a total of 225 flight hours over the North Sea in the framework of the national programme of aerial surveys. This contribution lists the most important results, with focus on the core tasks: surveillance of marine pollution and monitoring of the marine environment.

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For litter on the beaches, the situation remains problematic. © RBINS/MUMM
10/04/2019

How Healthy Is Our North Sea?

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Kelle Moreau

The main objective of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) is to achieve 'good environmental status' in the marine environment of all EU member states by 2020.

Fossil bones of a leg (tarsometatarsus) and a wing (carpometacarpus) of a Messelornithidae of Egem (early Eocene) compared to those of Messelornis cristata of Messel, Germany (middle Eocene) (Photo: Sven Tränkner and Thierry Hubin)
04/04/2019

52 Million Year Old Birds Found by Palaeontology Enthusiasts

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Charlotte Degueldre

Thanks to the excavations carried out in Egem, West Flanders, by palaeontology enthusiasts we know more about the early Eocene birds of the North Sea Basin.

Artistic reconstruction of two individuals of Peregocetus, one standing along the rocky shore of nowadays Peru and the other preying upon sparid fish. The presence of a tail fluke remains hypothetical. (A. Gennari)
04/04/2019

Four-Legged Whale Ancestors Reached South America in an Otter-Like Swimming Style

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Reinout Verbeke

A four-legged whale from Peru indicates that early whales crossed the South Atlantic before 42.6 million years ago and may have propelled like otters: with a robust tail and webbed fingers on their long feet.

Beams of the 15th century port in the centre of Brussels, close to Place Saint-Catherine (photo: Siska Van Parys, RBINS)
03/04/2019

Medieval Port Found Under ‘Parking 58’ in Brussels

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Siska Van Parys

Archaeologists of our Institute and Urban.Brussels stumbled upon remains of the 15th century Brussels harbour on the site of the former ‘Parking 58’. The most remarkable find so far: a perfectly preserved wooden fish trap.

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