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Visual PlateoNIGHT
04/04/2017

Party for Ben: PlateoNIGHT

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Charlotte Degueldre

On Friday (21st April) from 7-11pm it’s PlateoNIGHT at the Museum!

De Dendermonde Mammoth gets a makeover. The skeleton belongs to the collections of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, and is in the Vleeshuismuseum of Dendermonde since 1975. (Photo: Anthonie Hellemond)
20/03/2017

The Dendermonde Mammoth Got a Makeover

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Reinout Verbeke

Pyrite threatened a palaeontological treasure: the mammoth of Dendermonde, part of our collection. Museum employees and volunteers came together to restore the skeleton.

Mandible of the Neanderthal individual Spy II. The DNA in the calculus shows that the woolly rhinoceros was on the menu. The bacterial composition is similar to that in carnivores. (Photo: RBINS)
08/03/2017

Dental Calculus Reveals Neanderthal Menu

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Reinout Verbeke

Neanderthals from the Belgian Spy cave mostly ate meat, like woolly rhinoceros. Their family members in northern Spain, however, were vegetarians. Researchers discovered these varying eating habits by analyzing DNA in dental calculus.

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.

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