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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.

A rare sighting of a living Caperea at sea  (photo: Robert Pitman)
25/10/2017

Fossil Discovery of Pygmy Right Whales on Northern Hemisphere Rewrites Their History

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Jonas Van Boxel

Palaeontologists have found two fossils of ancient pygmy right whales in Sicily and in Japan. The study, by an international team with researchers from our Institute, changes everything we thought we knew about this mysterious animal.

The perfectly preserved fossil of Serikornis sungei. (Photo: Thierry Hubin, RBINS)
25/08/2017

Dinosaur 'Silky' Is A Key Fossil in Feather Evolution

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Reinout Verbeke

Belgian palaeontologists have described a new, 165 million year old dinosaur species from Northern China. Serikornis sungei –nickmane ‘Silky’ – is an important fossil in the evolution of feathers in dinosaurs. Silky had feathers on its four limbs, but could not fly.

Bronze statuette intended to contain a mummified cat (Ptolemaic period, 332–30 B.C.) (photo: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1956)
19/06/2017

Domestication of the Cat: Ancient DNA Reveals Significant Role of the Near East and Egypt

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Reinout Verbeke

DNA found at archaeological sites reveals that the origins of our domestic cat are in the Near East and ancient Egypt. Cats were domesticated by the first farmers some 10,000 years ago. They later spread across Europe and other parts of the world via trade hub Egypt.

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