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Monography of the fossil chondrichthyan fishes in the collection of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. (Photo: Adriano Vandersypen, RBINS)

Monograph provides overview of fossil cartilaginous fishes in our collection

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Reinout Verbeke

Two experts have published a richly illustrated reference work of fossil chondrichthyans, cartilaginous fishes including sharks, in the collections of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. The monographic update is the result of a thorough check-up.

Reconstruction of a hunter-gatherer associated with the Gravettian culture (32,000-24,000 years ago), inspired by the archaeological findings at the Arene Candide site (Italy). Image: Tom Bjoerklund

Ice Age Survivors

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Reinout Verbeke

Large-scale genomic analysis documents the migrations of Ice Age hunter-gatherers over a period of 30,000 years – they took shelter in Western Europe but died out on the Italian peninsula.

Ten crocodile mummies in an undisturbed tomb in Qubbat al-Hawā, discovered in 2019. (Photo: Patricia Mora Riudavets)

Egyptian tomb with ten crocodile mummies discovered  

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Reinout Verbeke

Spanish archaeologists made an unusual discovery in southern Egypt: a still undisturbed tomb containing ten mummified crocodiles. Archaeologists from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences had the opportunity to study the mummies.

Mosasaur skulls

Did early whales function the same way as marine reptiles?

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Reinout Verbeke

Research from ULiège and RBINS investigated the morphological similarities between the earliest whales and ancient marine reptiles from the dinosaur-era, the mosasaurs. Four specimens from our collections were used for this study.

The excavation team of 2022: Thierry Hubin, Stijn Pardon, Reinout Verbeke, Karim Ben Larbi, Mathys Rotonda, Pascal Godefroit, Aurore Mathys, Filippo Bertozzo and Xavier Valentin. (Thierry Hubin, RBINS)

Digging Jurassic Dinosaurs in Wyoming: ‘Camarasaurus’ Morris

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Reinout Verbeke

The third excavation season in central Wyoming is a spendid one for the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences: three dinosaurs from the late Jurassic era. A - at first sight - young Camarasaurus, a Dryosaurus and possibly a Brachiosaurus.


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