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A reconstruction of the dinosaur Deinocheirus mirificus. (Photograph: Yuong-Nam Lee/KIGAM)
22/10/2014

Long-Standing Deinocheirus Enigma Solved

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Reinout Verbeke

Paleontologists have exhaustively described one of the most mysterious dinosaurs after tracing stolen fossils. The dinosaur, Deinocheirus mirificus, appears defy previous presumptions: he had huge grasping arms and claws, but was a non-dangerous omnivore.

Stone tools of the Auragnicien culture (40 000-25 000 years ago) attributed to modern humans
23/09/2014

Earliest Evidence of Modern Humans in Central Europe

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Stagiaire Communication

An international research team, including the Belgians Freddy Damblon and Paul Haesaerts (both of the RBINS), has shown that modern humans were living on the cold steppes of present-day Austria 43,500 years ago.

Photo of the skull and partial mandible of the new squalodelphinid species Huaridelphis raimondii, with an outline of the head and potential fish prey
11/09/2014

New Species of Extinct Dolphin Sheds Light on River Dolphin History

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Reinout Verbeke

A team of palaeontologists, led by our colleague Olivier Lambert (RBINS), recently described the dolphin species Huaridelphis raimondii, that lived in what is now Peru during the Miocene period, 16 million years ago.

Human remnants found at the Spy Cave (Belgium) in 1886. (Foto: P. Semal, KBIN)
20/08/2014

Neanderthals and Modern People Were Neighbours for Thousands of Years

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Reinout Verbeke

Neanderthals and modern humans used to be living closeby for thousands of years. This has been calculated by an international team of scientists by reconsidering the dates of Neanderthal sites by means of a new method.

Artist impression of Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus, the newly discovered feathered dinosaur
07/08/2014

Fossils Found in Siberia Suggest All Dinosaurs Had Feathers

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Reinout Verbeke

The first ever example of a plant-eating dinosaur with feathers and scales has been discovered in Russia. Previously only flesh-eating dinosaurs were known to have had feathers so this new find indicates that all dinosaurs could have been feathered.

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