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Alpheid at work in the desert of Chile. (photo: P. Sobron / SETI NAI Andes 2016 Expedition)
22/12/2016

Finding Life On Mars With Lasers

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Jonas Van Boxel

Researchers from our Institute have developed a laser technology device that can detect life in extreme environments. A first test in the high deserts of Chile proved to be a success.

Our young colleague Leonard Dewaele won the Steven Cohen Award for Student Research.
13/12/2016

Young Palaeontologist Awarded For Seal Evolution Research

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Reinout Verbeke

Our collaborator Leonard Dewaele has received the Steven Cohen Award for Student Research. It is an acknowledgement for his work on seal evolution.

Specimen RBINS R47 from Anteophtalmosuchus hooleyi, found in Bernissart (Photos : E. De Bast & T. Smith, RBINS)
03/11/2016

Big Crocodiles of Bernissart Get New Name

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Reinout Verbeke

Three palaeontologists have re-examined and re-described two extremely well-preserved crocodile fossils from the Bernissart mine. They were excavated at the same time as the famous Iguanodons, who were their contemporaries 125 million years ago.

Pieces of wood in the layer of waste at the Emile Braun place in Ghent (Photo: Koen Deforce, RBINS)
24/10/2016

A Medieval Layer of Waste Reveals Mass Deforestation in Flanders

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Reinout Verbeke

The analysis of an archaeological layer of waste has shown that the area around the Belgian city of Ghent was completely deforested during its growth in the 10th to 12th century.

Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus) (Photo: Cephas, Wikimedia Commons)
16/09/2016

Are We Reintroducing The Wrong Sturgeon Species in Our Waters?

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Reinout Verbeke

Using bone fragments found at archaeological sites, researchers from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences have reconstructed the occurrence of sturgeon in the North Sea during the last 7.000 years. It appears that an unexpected sturgeon species was dominant in our region.

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