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A rare sighting of a living Caperea at sea  (photo: Robert Pitman)
25/10/2017

Fossil Discovery of Pygmy Right Whales on Northern Hemisphere Rewrites Their History

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Jonas Van Boxel

Palaeontologists have found two fossils of ancient pygmy right whales in Sicily and in Japan. The study, by an international team with researchers from our Institute, changes everything we thought we knew about this mysterious animal.

A first for Belgium: a Long-tailed Shrike, found, ringed, measured (and released) at Zwin Nature Parc. (Photo: Didier Vangeluwe, RBINS)
17/10/2017

Ornithologists Band Long-tailed Shrike at Zwin Nature Parc: New Species for Belgium

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Reinout Verbeke

Our ornithologists have banded a Long-tailed Shrike at the Zwin Nature Reserve in Knokke. Never before was this species recorded in Belgium. It is only the fifth time that this Asiatic bird makes an appearance in Europe.

Newly described species Epimeria loerzae from the Antarctic (Photo: Cédric d'Udekem d'Acoz, RBINS)
16/10/2017

28 New Amphipod Species Discovered in Antarctica

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Reinout Verbeke

Biologists Cédric d'Udekem d'Acoz and  Marie Verheye of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences have discovered no less than 28 new amphipod species in Antarctica.

The perfectly preserved fossil of Serikornis sungei. (Photo: Thierry Hubin, RBINS)
25/08/2017

Dinosaur 'Silky' Is A Key Fossil in Feather Evolution

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Reinout Verbeke

Belgian palaeontologists have described a new, 165 million year old dinosaur species from Northern China. Serikornis sungei –nickmane ‘Silky’ – is an important fossil in the evolution of feathers in dinosaurs. Silky had feathers on its four limbs, but could not fly.

Narwhal washed ashore along the Scheldt river in Bornem (28 april 2016).
23/08/2017

Marine Mammals in Belgium in 2016

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Kelle Moreau

In a new annual report, our scientists collect the available information on marine mammals in Belgium in 2016.

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