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Skull of the allosaur Arkhane (photo: Thierry Hubin / RBINS)
07/05/2019

Arkhane, A New Dinosaur Species On Display

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Charlotte Degueldre

In world premiere: 'Arkhane', the new Jurassic predatory dinosaur, is on display in the  Gallery of Evolution from May 7, 2019 to March 31, 2020!

Excavation of the fossil skeleton of 'Balaenoptera cf. musculus' on the edge of San Giuliano Lake, Matera (photo G. Bianucci).
01/05/2019

The Largest Fossil Whale Ever Found

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Reinout Verbeke

New fossils from Italy shed light on the evolution of extreme gigantism of whales. "Large whales evolved earlier than previously thought" our colleague Felix Marx explains.

Fossil bones of a leg (tarsometatarsus) and a wing (carpometacarpus) of a Messelornithidae of Egem (early Eocene) compared to those of Messelornis cristata of Messel, Germany (middle Eocene) (Photo: Sven Tränkner and Thierry Hubin)
04/04/2019

52 Million Year Old Birds Found by Palaeontology Enthusiasts

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Charlotte Degueldre

Thanks to the excavations carried out in Egem, West Flanders, by palaeontology enthusiasts we know more about the early Eocene birds of the North Sea Basin.

Artistic reconstruction of two individuals of Peregocetus, one standing along the rocky shore of nowadays Peru and the other preying upon sparid fish. The presence of a tail fluke remains hypothetical. (A. Gennari)
04/04/2019

Four-Legged Whale Ancestors Reached South America in an Otter-Like Swimming Style

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Reinout Verbeke

A four-legged whale from Peru indicates that early whales crossed the South Atlantic before 42.6 million years ago and may have propelled like otters: with a robust tail and webbed fingers on their long feet.

Beams of the 15th century port in the centre of Brussels, close to Place Saint-Catherine (photo: Siska Van Parys, RBINS)
03/04/2019

Medieval Port Found Under ‘Parking 58’ in Brussels

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Siska Van Parys

Archaeologists of our Institute and Urban.Brussels stumbled upon remains of the 15th century Brussels harbour on the site of the former ‘Parking 58’. The most remarkable find so far: a perfectly preserved wooden fish trap.

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