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Myotis (CC Manuel Ruedi)
09/06/2017

Belgian Discovery: Popular Bat Genus Is Millions of Years Older Than Thought

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Jonas Van Boxel

Our palaeontologists have found the oldest fossil of the extant bat genus Myotis (mouse-eared bat). This proves that the widespread genus has existed at least 7 million years earlier than previously assumed.

Life holotype of Pristimantis boucephalus sp. nov. in dorsal view. (Photo: Edgar Lehr)
01/06/2017

EJT: 1000 species and beyond!

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Reinout Verbeke

European Journal of Taxonomy, co-founded by our Institute, is thrilled to announce the publication of the journal’s 1000th new species.

Two Mystacodon selenensis individuals diving down to catch eagle rays along the seafloor of a shallow cove off the coast of present-day Peru. CREDIT Alberto Gennari.
11/05/2017

Baleen Whales’ Ancestors Were Toothy Suction Feeders

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Reinout Verbeke

Modern whales’ ancestors probably hunted and chased down prey, but somehow, those fish-eating hunters evolved into filter-feeding leviathans.

An adult Falcon nourishing the three chicks (photo: RBINS)
06/04/2017

Falcons for Everyone 2017: Live Streaming of 3 Nests

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Reinout Verbeke

Falcons for Everyone is back and bigger than ever! This spring, you can live stream the daily life of 3 falcon families in Brussels, from the hatching of the eggs to the first flight of the young falcons.

Visual PlateoNIGHT
04/04/2017

Party for Ben: PlateoNIGHT

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Charlotte Degueldre

On Friday (21st April) from 7-11pm it’s PlateoNIGHT at the Museum!

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