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excavations at Takarkori (c) The Archaeological Mission in the Sahara, Sapienza University of Rome
20/02/2020

Desert Fish on the Menu in the Sahara 10,000 Years Ago

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Siska Van Parys

Fish was 10,000 years ago the main source of food for hunter-gatherers in the Libyan Sahara, which at that time was still teeming with lakes and rivers. In the archaeological site Takarkori, researchers found thousands of fossil fish bones, with traces of cutting and burning.

Palaeolithic dog from Předmostí with a bone fragment between its teeth, from the collections of the Moravian Museum, Brno (Czech Republic). Likely the bone was inserted upon the death of the animal in the context of a ritual. (Photo: M. Germonpré, RBINS)
19/02/2020

Teeth wear reveals: dogs already domesticated during the last Ice Age

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Reinout Verbeke

Wear marks on 28,500-year-old teeth indicate dogs were already domesticated by hunter-gatherers during the last Ice Age. Dogs (domesticated wolves) were given harder food such as bones, while wild wolves were eating softer food.

The new RV Belgica is launched for the first time (© Belgian Navy/Jorn Urbain)
12/02/2020

First Launch of the New Research Vessel Belgica

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Kelle Moreau

The future Belgian research vessel Belgica was launched for the first time on 11 February 2020 from the Freire Shipyard in Vigo, Spain. An important milestone following the keel laying, the equivalent of the laying of the foundation stone of a building, just under a year ago.

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.

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