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Some organisms - like this saltmarsh beetle - can evolve surprisingly quickly by re-using ancient gene variants that were once useful. (Image: RBINS)
04/12/2018

Rapid Evolution Through Defrosted Ice Age Genes

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Reinout Verbeke

Researchers of our Institute discovered that organisms can evolve surprisingly quickly by re-using ancient gene variants that were once useful. Understanding how species manage to adapt quickly is important in times of sudden changes in climate and environment.

Urbanization puts a great selection pressure on species and could disrupt ecosystems. (Photo: RBINS)
23/05/2018

Urbanization Affects Animal Body Size

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Reinout Verbeke

Animals in cities are considerably smaller or larger than species on the countryside, a large study concludes. Co-author Frederik Hendrickx (RBINS): ‘Urbanization puts a great selection pressure on species and could disrupt ecosystems.’

Cyrtodactylus bintangtinggi, een gecko co-described by Olivier Pauwels in 2012. (photo: Lee Grismer)
04/12/2017

Scientists Finish ‘Atlas of life’

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Jonas Van Boxel

An international team of researchers has made a catalogue of all reptiles on Earth. It is the last chapter in the ‘Atlas of life’, the first global review of all vertebrates on our planet. The atlas can be an important tool for the conservation of wildlife.

Newly described species Epimeria loerzae from the Antarctic (Photo: Cédric d'Udekem d'Acoz, RBINS)
16/10/2017

28 New Amphipod Species Discovered in Antarctica

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Reinout Verbeke

Biologists Cédric d'Udekem d'Acoz and  Marie Verheye of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences have discovered no less than 28 new amphipod species in Antarctica.

Taking blood and tissue samples of bats in the biosafe field lab in Kagbono (North of DRC), where an Ebola outbreak occured May 2017. (Photo: University of Antwerp)
04/08/2017

Belgian Scientists Study Ebola Outbreak in Congo

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Reinout Verbeke

In North-Congo, Belgian scientists have studied the cause of a local ebola outbreak. This outbreak took four lives in May.

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