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Scanned skull of Temnodontosaurus

Predatory adaptations in the large Jurassic marine reptile Temnodontosaurus

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Reinout Verbeke

Palaeontologists have found among Temnodontosaurs - Jurassic-era sea predators - that not all species were equally well adapted to catching large prey. This indicates that these contemporaries each occupied their own ecological niche and thus avoided competition.

Reconstruction of Perucetus colossus in its coastal habitat. Estimated body length: ~20 meters. (Artist: Alberto Gennari).

Newly described ancient whale could be the heaviest animal ever

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Reinout Verbeke

Perucetus colossus, an ancient whale that swam off the coast of present-day Peru 39 million years ago, rivals the blue whale as the heaviest animal ever.

Skeleton of an adult cave bear next to a cub in a former exhibition at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels. (Photo: Thierry Hubin, RBINS)

Jaw analyses show what cave bears and brown bears ate

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Reinout Verbeke

The differences are in the details: Special 3D shape analyses of the jaws and dentition of cave bears and brown bears living at the same time near the Goyet caves show their clearly different food spectrum. In contrast, the diet of brown bears living around 30,000 years ago differs only s

Wing of a male mallard, showing the iridescent and colorful blue speculum in the secondary remiges. (Photo: RBINS)

Bones from 31,000 years ago indicate ancient exploitation of duck wings

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Reinout Verbeke

A study conducted on 31,000-year-old bird remains, discovered in the 1960’s on an archaeological site from the Hainault province, suggests that hunter-gatherers of the time had a particular interest for duck wings.

Microscopic observation of a section of Devonian fossil wood containing tyloses (arrows) produced by parenchyma cells (P) inside a conductor cell (C); scale: 0.05 mm (50 µm). Photos: A-L Decombeix.

360-million-year-old fossil provides oldest evidence of plant self-defence in wood

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Reinout Verbeke

Paleobotanists have found fossils in Ireland showing that plants had adapted to drought very early on.


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