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The different modifications: the femur left shows percussion pits and a percussion notch and the femur right shows cutmarks. Femur right also shows retouching marks left from its use to retouch the edges of stone tools. (Photo: RBINS)

Belgian Neandertals Were Cannibals

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Reinout Verbeke

Neandertals that lived near the Belgian caverns of Goyet were cannibals. Several bones show cut marks and percussion marks. It is the first evidence of Neandertal cannibalism in northern Europe.

Excavations in the Tadkeshwar mine in western India (Photo: Annelise Folie, RBINS)

India was a “Noah's Ark”

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Reinout Verbeke

An international team of palaeontologists and geologists have dug up 54 million year old fossils in India. The fossils are from mammals, birds and reptiles, including a newly discovered giant snake.

Taking measurements for the archaeo-magnetic survey in the Bruniquel Cave. (Photo: Etienne FABRE - SSAC)

Constructions in French Cave Indicate Neanderthals Were More Modern than Assumed

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Reinout Verbeke

Scientists have found constructions in a cave in the south west of France that are 176,500 years old. This makes them among the oldest known human constructions. Neanderthals built structures with broken stalagmites and used them as fireplaces.

Artist's impression of an Ice Age man (Image: Stephano Ricci)

Belgian Fossil Represents Earliest Ancestors of Europeans

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Reinout Verbeke

A new study analysing the genomes of a few dozens of individuals from the ice age has identified the early ancestors of present-day Europeans. A 35 000 year old humerus from the Goyet caves in Belgium belongs to the earliest ancestors of Europeans.

Map of Belgium with geothermal potential (medium to very deep) and the (natural) geothermal wells. (RBINS, Estelle Petitclerc)

Our Geologists Map Geothermal Resources

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Reinout Verbeke

The internal heat of the Earth can be used to heat houses and to generate electricity. Countries such as Italy, Iceland and Turkey use thermal energy for quite some time, and Greece and Germany are experimenting on a large scale. What is Belgium waiting for?


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