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30/04/2020

3 Million Year Old Skeleton From Port of Antwerp New Puzzle Piece In Whale Evolution

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Reinout Verbeke

Paleontologists have described a new baleen whale species that swam around the North Sea some 3 million years ago. Antwerpibalaena liberatlas is an extinct cousin of the modern right whales.

Skeleton of the 125 million years old adult small crocodile Bernissartia fagesii exposed in the Gallery of Dinosaurs. (Photo: RBINS)
06/04/2020

Scan of Small Crocodile of Bernissart Reveals New Details

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Reinout Verbeke

125 million years ago a small crocodilian was living in our regions alongside the famous iguanodons. Now, the skull of ‘the small Bernissart crocodile’ has been scanned.

excavations at Takarkori (c) The Archaeological Mission in the Sahara, Sapienza University of Rome
20/02/2020

Desert Fish on the Menu in the Sahara 10,000 Years Ago

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Siska Van Parys

Fish was 10,000 years ago the main source of food for hunter-gatherers in the Libyan Sahara, which at that time was still teeming with lakes and rivers. In the archaeological site Takarkori, researchers found thousands of fossil fish bones, with traces of cutting and burning.

Palaeolithic dog from Předmostí with a bone fragment between its teeth, from the collections of the Moravian Museum, Brno (Czech Republic). Likely the bone was inserted upon the death of the animal in the context of a ritual. (Photo: M. Germonpré, RBINS)
19/02/2020

Teeth wear reveals: dogs already domesticated during the last Ice Age

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Reinout Verbeke

Wear marks on 28,500-year-old teeth indicate dogs were already domesticated by hunter-gatherers during the last Ice Age. Dogs (domesticated wolves) were given harder food such as bones, while wild wolves were eating softer food.

Aiguilles de Chaleux. The cave is located to the left of this rock formation. (Photo: Mark Ryckaert)
17/01/2020

A Lot of Birds On The Menu 14.000 Years Ago in Belgian Chaleux Cave

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Reinout Verbeke

The hunter-gatherers who lived along the Lesse at the end of the last Ice Age exploited many different species of birds. Some bird remains suggest that humans attributed symbolic value to them.

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