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Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig have reconstructed the DNA of five ‘late’ Neandertals, two of them found on Belgian ground. (Photo: Max Planck Institute)
21/03/2018

The Genomes of Five Late Neandertals Provide Insights Into Neandertal History

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Reinout Verbeke

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig have reconstructed the DNA of five ‘late’ Neandertals, two of them found on Belgian ground.

Mantellisaurus atherfieldensis, 'the smaller iguanodon', and in the background the bigger Iguanodon bernissartensis. (Photo: RBINS)
09/03/2018

Bone Analysis Confirms: ‘Little Iguanodon’ is a Separate Species

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Reinout Verbeke

Inside the glass cage of the Bernissart Iguanodons in the Museum of Natural Sciences, one much smaller specimen stands out. But its bone structure is of an adult animal, an analysis by Koen Stein (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) concludes.

Some of the animal bones from the Neolithic collective burial of Abri des Autours. B. awl made of a sheep or goat metatarsal. C,E: rods made of red deer antler. F: rib of a large bovid fashioned into a point. A,D: unmodified bones. (Photo: RBINS)
26/02/2018

Tools Made of Animal Bones in Burial Site in Belgian Cave

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Reinout Verbeke

Scientists have identified tools in a 6.000 year old grave in the Abri des Autours cave, near the Belgian city of Dinant. It is the fourth Neolithic burial site in Belgium where worked animal bones were found.

Extremely well-preserved fossil of Halszkaraptor escuilliei from Mongolia, still partly embedded in rock. (Photo: Thierry Hubin, RBINS)
06/12/2017

Stolen Dinosaur Skeleton Turns Out To Be Swimming Raptor

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Reinout Verbeke

An international team of scientists, along with Belgian palaeontologists, has described a new dinosaur that could swim. It is the first time this adaptation has been found so clearly in a dinosaur.

Artist's impression of Matheronodon provincialis, a new species of dinosaur with scissor-like teeth (image: Lukas Panzarin)
26/10/2017

Palaeontologists Discovered a ‘Primitive Iguanodon’ With Scissor-like Teeth

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Reinout Verbeke

A team of Belgian and French palaeontologists has described a new dinosaur species that had scissor-like teeth.

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