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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.

One of the three fossil jaw bones of Pahelia mysteriosa found at the Tadkeshwar mine. P. mysteriosa belongs to a newly described family of ungulates that lived 54 million years ago in India. (Photo: Thierry Smith, RBINS)
22/11/2019

Paleontologists Discover Mysterious Hoofed Animal That Roamed India 54 Million Years Ago

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Reinout Verbeke

Belgian paleontologists have discovered a new family of ungulates that lived in India some 54 million years ago.

Christian Burlet presents the SpectroGRID to the astrobiologists of 'Origins and Habitability'
14/11/2019

Belgian Geologists Create Laser Rock Scanner for NASA

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Siska Van Parys

Scientists of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences have developed an ultra-robust rock scanner to analyse the chemical composition of rocks.

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.

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