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

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.

The fin whale on the beach of De Haan (Image: RBINS)

Fin Whale of De Haan Probably Died a Natural Death

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Kelle Moreau

The fin whale that was that beached in De Haan on 25 October probably died a natural death. This became evident from the autopsy by the universities of Ghent and Liège and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.

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Cover of the new wind park report (Image : RBINS)

Newest Insights Regarding Environmental Impacts of Offshore Wind Farms in the Belgian Part of the North Sea

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Kelle Moreau

Energy production from renewable sources will cover 13% of the total Belgian energy consumption by 2020, if the target defined by the European Commission in 2001 is met.

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Artistic impression of the pterosaur Mistralazhdarcho maggii (image: Pierre Lavaud, Mazan)

New Pterosaur Species Discovered in the South of France

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Siska Van Parys

Belgian and French palaeontologists have discovered a new pterosaur species in the South of France. This flying reptile with a wingspan of about 4,5 meter belongs to the same family as the iconic Quetzalcoatlus.


A Brand New Free Online Course On Biodiversity

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Charlotte Degueldre

Are you passionate about biology, biodiversity, science? Are these themes central to your professional activity or do you want to integrate them more? Do you want to commit to biodiversity in Europe and increase your knowledge and skills in the field?



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