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photo: Koninklijke Bibliotheek
19/10/2016

Reissue of the 17th Century Masterpiece That Turned Insect Studies Into Art

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Jonas Van Boxel

She was an insect studies pioneer, explorer and artist. Her work inspired Linnaes and Goethe, and was collected by Peter The Great. Publisher Lannoo pays tribute to Maria Sibylla Merian with a facsimile of Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium, her masterpiece.

Overview of the prepared bones. The skull is a cast. (photo: Thierry Hubin - RBINS)
06/10/2016

Plateosaurus update: a 3D puzzle for experts!

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Jonas Van Boxel

Our technicians are making great progress on the preparation of our very own Plateosaurus skeleton. Since the arrival the extraordinary specimen in May, one third of the bones have been prepared for display.

 Picture of a Storena formosa specimen with exposure of both 2 flashes and 2 UV lights of 395 nm. (photo: Jonathan Brecko)
26/08/2016

UV Light Reveals Invisible Beauty in Natural History Collections

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Jonas Van Boxel

A team from our Institute has studied the use of UV light in the digitization of natural history collections. UV light reveals fluorescent parts of specimens.

The different modifications: the femur left shows percussion pits and a percussion notch and the femur right shows cutmarks. Femur right also shows retouching marks left from its use to retouch the edges of stone tools. (Photo: RBINS)
06/07/2016

Belgian Neandertals Were Cannibals

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Reinout Verbeke

Neandertals that lived near the Belgian caverns of Goyet were cannibals. Several bones show cut marks and percussion marks. It is the first evidence of Neandertal cannibalism in northern Europe.

The Balat-greenhouse, a masterpiece in the Botanic Garden of Meise. In front: two of our selected masterpieces for 100 Masters: the mosasaur and the thylacine (Photo: Thierry Hubin, RBINS)
24/06/2016

“Museum swap” with Botanic Garden Meise for #100Masters

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Reinout Verbeke

On June 9th we organised a “museum swap” with the Botanic Garden in Meise. We visited each other to discover the showpieces that are selected for 100 Masters.

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