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Human bone fragments from the Goyet caves (Belgium), between 27,000 en 35,000 years old and belonging to haplogroups M or N. (Photo: Eric Dewamme, RBINS)
04/02/2016

European Humans Underwent Hefty Shuffle at the End of Last Ice Age

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Reinout Verbeke

European populations changed dramatically at the end of the last Ice Age. This is what scientists have revealed as a result of DNA analysis of more than thirty fossils from six countries.

Block with perinatal specimens of Saurolophus angustirostris (Photo: Thierry Hubin, RBINS)
15/10/2015

Baby Dinosaurs from Mongolia

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Reinout Verbeke

Belgian palaeontologists have described baby dinosaurs with associated shell fragments. The Saurolophus dinosaurs were likely from a nest. The find sheds more light on the earliest stages of development of this giant hadrosaur species with typical crest.

Artists’ impression of three individuals of the extinct beaked whale Messapicetus gregarious. They feed on sardines close to the water surface, along the coast of what is now Peru. (Image: A. Gennari)
09/09/2015

Fossilised Meal Illustrates Habitat Shift of Beaked Whales

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Reinout Verbeke

Our colleague, palaeontologist Olivier Lambert, has found a 9 million year old fossil of a beaked whale and its last meal. This extremely rare find suggests that part of the beaked whales lived close to the water surface at that time, while the modern species are deep divers.

Barbatodon transylvanicus, the oldest fossil mammal with red teeth. (photo: Thierry Smith, RBINS)
16/07/2015

A Prehistoric Mammal with Blood Red Teeth

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Charlotte Degueldre

Our colleague and palaeontologist Thierry Smith has discovered a 70 million year old mammal with red teeth in Transylvania, Romania. Iron strengthened Barbatodon transylvanicus’ incisors and molars and gave them their red colour.

One of the iguanodons discovered at Bernissart, drawn in the exact position in which it was found, by Gustave Lavalette. (Credit: RBINS)
19/06/2015

Bernissart Iguanodons’ Cause of Death to Be Re-Examined

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Reinout Verbeke

What killed approximately thirty iguanodons that were discovered at Bernissart: drought, drowning, marsh gas poisoning, or something else? A team of Belgian researchers are re-launching the investigation to try and find the prime suspect.

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