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The Belgian air surveillance aircraft during a flight with the sniffer sensor.
21/11/2022

Recent sea vessels are emitting more nitrogen in the Belgian North Sea

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Kelle Moreau

The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) has conducted a large-scale study on nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from ships in the Belgian part of the North Sea.

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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 a 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.

Dorsal view of the skull of some extant geckos exhibiting diversity of frontal bone shape and sculpturing (yellow) © 2022 The Authors. Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License
10/08/2022

Europe's Oldest Gecko Species Lived in Belgium

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Siska Van Parys

Paleontologists have described a new extinct gecko species from Belgium. The lizard Dollogekko dormaalensis lived 56 million years ago, making it the oldest gecko species in Europe.

Geological Survey of Belgium celebrating its 125th anniversary. (Photo: RBINS)
25/07/2022

The Geological Survey of Belgium celebrates its 125th birthday

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Reinout Verbeke

On December 16th 2021, our Geological Survey of Belgium was exactly 125 years old. This important milestone was celebrated (with a little delay, due to covid, but nonetheless with much enthusiasm) with a colloquium, a book, an award, a birthday cake and excursions.

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