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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.

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.

Some of the animal bones from the Neolithic collective burial of Abri des Autours. B. awl made of a sheep or goat metatarsal. C,E: rods made of red deer antler. F: rib of a large bovid fashioned into a point. A,D: unmodified bones. (Photo: RBINS)
26/02/2018

Tools Made of Animal Bones in Burial Site in Belgian Cave

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Reinout Verbeke

Scientists have identified tools in a 6.000 year old grave in the Abri des Autours cave, near the Belgian city of Dinant. It is the fourth Neolithic burial site in Belgium where worked animal bones were found.

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