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The skull of Rhaphicetus (dorsal view and lateral view). (Photo: RBINS)
21/09/2020

18 Million Year Old Sperm Whale With 'Needle-Shaped' Snout

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Reinout Verbeke

Paleontologists have excavated and described one of the oldest fossil sperm whales. The new species from Peru is approximately 18 million years old. Rhaphicetus valenciae was about 5 metres long and had an extremely long snout and slender, pointed teeth.

Stranded harbour porpoise @Multimedia, Faculteit Diergeneeskunde, Universiteit Utrecht
09/09/2020

Number of Dead Porpoises on North Sea Coasts on the Rise

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Kelle Moreau

A new study published in the leading scientific journal Biological Conservation reveals a striking increase in the number of stranded porpoises along the North Sea coast.

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One of the two perfectly preserved skeletons of Changmiania liaoningensis and an artist's impression. (Drawing: Carine Ciselet)
08/09/2020

Eternal Sleep: Dinosaurs Died Underground, Fossils Perfectly Preserved

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Reinout Verbeke

Palaeontologists have described a new species of burrowing dinosaur from China. Two intact fossils of Changmiania liaoningensis suggest that the animals were trapped by a volcanic eruption while resting at the bottom of their burrows.

Des visiteurs découvrent les nombreux animaux naturalisés exposés dans la salle Planète Vivante (photo : Thierry Hubin  / IRSNB)
27/08/2020

Living Planet: opening weekend!

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Charlotte Degueldre

We are celebrating the opening of Living Planet - our new permanent gallery - with an exceptional event. For three days, from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 September 2020, we will open our doors all day and evening (until 10 p.m., last admission at 8.30

Noctiluca bloom Buitenratel sandbank, 15 August 2020, documented from surveillance aircraft RBINS (© RBINS/MUMM)
17/08/2020

Impressive Noctiluca (Sea Sparkle) bloom in the North Sea

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Kelle Moreau

On 15 August, striking orange spots and strings were observed in the Belgian part of the North Sea near the Buitenratel sandbank, that were reported to the Coast Guard as a possible pollution.

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