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Beams of the 15th century port in the centre of Brussels, close to Place Saint-Catherine (photo: Siska Van Parys, RBINS)

Medieval Port Found Under ‘Parking 58’ in Brussels

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Siska Van Parys

Archaeologists of our Institute and Urban.Brussels stumbled upon remains of the 15th century Brussels harbour on the site of the former ‘Parking 58’. The most remarkable find so far: a perfectly preserved wooden fish trap.

Palaeontologist Mietje Germonpré holding a tooth of a mammoth calf found at Goyet Cave. (Photo: Thierry Hubin, RBINS)

Ecological Footprint of First Modern Humans in Europe Was Larger Than That of the Neandertals

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Reinout Verbeke

The first modern humans in Europe hunted mammoths more intensively than Neandertals did, a study on fossils from Belgian and German sites reveals.

Artistic impression of the pterosaur Mistralazhdarcho maggii (image: Pierre Lavaud, Mazan)

New Pterosaur Species Discovered in the South of France

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Siska Van Parys

Belgian and French palaeontologists have discovered a new pterosaur species in the South of France. This flying reptile with a wingspan of about 4,5 meter belongs to the same family as the iconic Quetzalcoatlus.

Opgravingen Sint-Romboutskerkhof Mechelen (Foto: Dienst Archeologie - Stad Mechelen)

Belgium's Largest Collection of Human Remains Reveals Its Secrets

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Reinout Verbeke

An anthropologist from our Institute has analyzed 350 human skeletons from a cemetery in Malines, Belgium. The human remains date from the 10th until the 18th century, and are part of the largest skeletal assemblage ever found in Belgium.

Reconstruction of the 34-million-year-old whale skull from Antarctica - the second-oldest "baleen" whale ever found. (by Carl Buell)

Ancient Skull Suggests Whales Were Giant Before Baleen Arose

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Reinout Verbeke

At least some whales became giants long before the emergence of filter feeding, a 34-million-year-old whale skull suggests.


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