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1. Potamotrygon leopoldi (Karelj, Wikimedia Commons)
24/11/2021

170 species named after King Leopold III and Queen Astrid

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Reinout Verbeke

Two of our Institute’s taxonomists - biologists specialised in the discovery, description and classification of species - have found 170 species of animals named after King Leopold III and Queen Astrid in our collection and in databases.

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Mussels in the collections of the RBINS. (c) Thierry Backeljau, RBINS
21/09/2021

Belgian mussels developed stronger shells

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Siska Van Parys

Belgian mussels have developed stronger shells over the last hundred years. More calcareous shells protect them better from crabs’ claws and seagulls’ beaks. These predators have increased significantly in number during the last fifty years.

Book 'Insectes du Monde'
16/07/2021

Taxonomists publish 'Insect Bible'

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Reinout Verbeke

Experts have assembled 1.848 pages of knowledge about all insect orders in a new two-volume book: Les Insectes du Monde (in French). The first part is a practical guide to determine the different insect groups, while the second volume features illustrations.

Collection of skulls from the medieval Coxyde abbey cemetery. (Photo: RBINS)
01/12/2020

Researchers to Make An Inventory of Human Remains in the Belgian Collections

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Reinout Verbeke

A team of researchers coordinated by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) are carrying out a survey to make an inventory of human remains in Belgian museums, research institutes and private collections, which will include human remains from colonial times.

Arkhane, the new species of dinosaurs of the Upper Jurassic (photo: Thierry Hubin / RBINS)
12/10/2020

Will T. rex STAN remain accessible to the public and to science?

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Reinout Verbeke

The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences has followed the auction of the skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex STANTM at Christie's in New York with interest, on October 6th 2020.

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