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Maxilla and mandible assemblage of a late Neanderthal from Spy cave (c) Patrick Semal
09/03/2021

Neanderthals disappeared from Belgium thousands of years earlier than thought

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Siska Van Parys

Belgian Neanderthal remains, including the world-famous Neanderthals of Spy, are thousands of years older than previously assumed. This is the conclusion of an international research team that re-dated the Belgian Neanderthal remains with a new technique.

The New Guinea Singing Dog belongs to one of at least five lineages that split off from the ancestral dog population during the Last Ice Age. (Photo: Nathan Rupert)
29/10/2020

Study of Ancient Dog DNA Traces Canine Diversity to the Ice Age

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Reinout Verbeke

A global study of ancient dog DNA presents evidence that there were different types of dogs more than 11,000 years ago in the period immediately following the Ice Age.

The skull of Rhaphicetus (dorsal view and lateral view). (Photo: RBINS)
21/09/2020

18 Million Year Old Sperm Whale With 'Needle-Shaped' Snout

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Reinout Verbeke

Paleontologists have excavated and described one of the oldest fossil sperm whales. The new species from Peru is approximately 18 million years old. Rhaphicetus valenciae was about 5 metres long and had an extremely long snout and slender, pointed teeth.

One of the two perfectly preserved skeletons of Changmiania liaoningensis and an artist's impression. (Drawing: Carine Ciselet)
08/09/2020

Eternal Sleep: Dinosaurs Died Underground, Fossils Perfectly Preserved

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Reinout Verbeke

Palaeontologists have described a new species of burrowing dinosaur from China. Two intact fossils of Changmiania liaoningensis suggest that the animals were trapped by a volcanic eruption while resting at the bottom of their burrows.

Comparison of the skeleton of Primoptynx poliotauros next to that of the extant snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) (c) Sven Tränkner & Gerald Mayr
28/07/2020

Owl Discovered That Hunted Like A Hawk 55 Million Years Ago

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Siska Van Parys

Paleontologists have described a large owl that killed medium-sized mammals with its feet and claws some 55 million years ago. “Today, owls kill with their beak," says paleontologist Thierry Smith (RBINS), who participated to the study of the well-preserved skeleton from Wyoming, USA.

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