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Richard Smith receives the prize

Richard Smith Receives Morris Skinner Prize

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Reinout Verbeke

Richard Smith, scientific collaborator at our Institute, has won the Morris Skinner Prize for his contribution to vertebrate palaeontology. Smith is honoured especially for the Dormaal collection of fossil vertebrates from the early Eocene. 

Artist impression of Cambaytherium thewissi

Fossils Suggest Horses' Ancestors Originated in India

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Reinout Verbeke

Fossils suggest the ancestor of horses and rhinos originated on the Asian subcontinent while it was still an island.

Geologists drill coring on a Japanese lake

QuakeRecNankai: Expedition to Examine Japan's Earthquakes and Tsunamis

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Reinout Verbeke

Vanessa Heyvaert and Ed Garrett, scientists of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), are in Japan searching for evidence of past earthquakes and tsunamis.

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

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

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.


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