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Scanned skull of Temnodontosaurus

Predatory adaptations in the large Jurassic marine reptile Temnodontosaurus

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Reinout Verbeke

Palaeontologists have found among Temnodontosaurs - Jurassic-era sea predators - that not all species were equally well adapted to catching large prey. This indicates that these contemporaries each occupied their own ecological niche and thus avoided competition.

Our natural science collections record our planet's extraordinary biodiversity, but also show what we have already lost. (Image RBINS/T. Hubin)

An ambitious Nature Restoration Law needed

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Kelle Moreau

On Thursday 15 June 2023, the European Parliament's Environment Committee will vote for the Nature Restoration Law that was proposed by the European Commission as a key element of the EU Biodiversity Strategy/EU Green Deal.

Collection of skulls from the medieval Coxyde abbey cemetery conservated at RBINS (Photo: Thierry Hubin; Collection RBINS)

HOME research project recommends repatriation of historical human remains from former Belgian colonies and the creation of a focal point on human remains

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Reinout Verbeke

A multidisciplinary research team coordinated by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) is calling to change the law to facilitate the repatriation of human remains where requested and to put human remains out of commerce.

Butterflies specimens from the AMNH collections. (Photo: AMNH)

Worldwide collections database maps 1 billion objects

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Reinout Verbeke

A new database maps the total collections from 73 of the world’s largest natural history museums and herbaria in 28 countries, revealing a total collection of more than 1.1 billion objects.

Arctocyon skull from the collections of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. The skull was excavated in the 1980s in the Reims region. (Photo: Thierry Smith)

Mammals put brawn before brains to survive post-dinosaur world

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Reinout Verbeke

Prehistoric mammals bulked up, rather than develop bigger brains, to boost their survival chances once dinosaurs had become extinct, research suggests.


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