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The perfectly preserved fossil of Serikornis sungei. (Photo: Thierry Hubin, RBINS)
25/08/2017

Dinosaur 'Silky' Is A Key Fossil in Feather Evolution

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Reinout Verbeke

Belgian palaeontologists have described a new, 165 million year old dinosaur species from Northern China. Serikornis sungei –nickmane ‘Silky’ – is an important fossil in the evolution of feathers in dinosaurs. Silky had feathers on its four limbs, but could not fly.

Narwhal washed ashore along the Scheldt river in Bornem (28 april 2016).
23/08/2017

Marine Mammals in Belgium in 2016

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Kelle Moreau

In a new annual report, our scientists collect the available information on marine mammals in Belgium in 2016.

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.

The model of the Canopy glider in the Throne Room.  (photo: Isabelle Du Four - RBINS)
20/07/2017

High Flying Research in The Royal Palace!

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Jonas Van Boxel

Two of our research projects – the Peregrine falcons from Falcons for Everyone and the spectacular ant studies with balloons in the canopy of the rainforest – are on display in the beautiful Throne Room of the Brussels Royal Palace.

Algal bloom near the coast of Ostend, detected by the European satellite Sentinel 2. (Photo: ESA)
06/07/2017

Algal Bloom Along Belgian Coast Detected From Space

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Kelle Moreau

In May 2016, scientists observed an intense algal bloom very close to the Belgian coast. They managed this by using the European satellite Sentinel-2. This satellite can help monitor areas that are unreachable for a research vessel.

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