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Our famous Goyet dog skull, the oldest dog identified to date, is being sampled for DNA analysis. (photo: Reinout Verbeke - RBINS)
14/10/2016

How DNA Reveals Ancient Secrets

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Jonas Van Boxel

A Neanderthal bone, a mummified Egyptian cat, a dog from Siberian permafrost, a sturgeon from Roman times or medieval plant remains: their DNA is a fantastic source of information. But the genetic code of these ancient organisms is not easy to crack.

The beetle species Pogonus chalceus lives in salt marches in Guérande (France). (Photo: RBINS)
03/10/2016

Different Behaviour Leads to New Species

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Reinout Verbeke

Two populations of the same species can become separated by natural barriers and evolve into different species over time. That is nothing new.

British documentary maker Sir David Attenborough turned 90 this year. (Photo: Jeaneeem - CC BY-NC 2.0, via Flickr)
08/08/2016

Sir David Attenborough Celebrated With Newly Discovered Flatworm

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Jonas Van Boxel

A team of Czech, Belgian and Austrian researchers from Masaryk University and the University of Graz has discovered two new flatworm species in the waters of Africa’s Lake Tanganyika.

Foot path made from locally processed Scallop shells at Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, Scotland (Photo: James Morris, RBINS)
07/07/2016

What Architects Can Learn From Shells

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Jonas Van Boxel

Shells are more than pretty collectables or what remains after a nice mussel meal.

African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) from Oeiras, Portugal. (Photo: M. Flecks)
15/06/2016

Climate Change Will Cause the African Clawed Frog to Spread in Europe

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Reinout Verbeke

The African clawed frog Xenopus Laevis will soon find itself more at ease in Europe due to climate change, according to an international study that included biologists of our Institute.

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