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Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig have reconstructed the DNA of five ‘late’ Neandertals, two of them found on Belgian ground. (Photo: Max Planck Institute)
21/03/2018

The Genomes of Five Late Neandertals Provide Insights Into Neandertal History

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Reinout Verbeke

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig have reconstructed the DNA of five ‘late’ Neandertals, two of them found on Belgian ground.

Mantellisaurus atherfieldensis, 'the smaller iguanodon', and in the background the bigger Iguanodon bernissartensis. (Photo: RBINS)
09/03/2018

Bone Analysis Confirms: ‘Little Iguanodon’ is a Separate Species

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Reinout Verbeke

Inside the glass cage of the Bernissart Iguanodons in the Museum of Natural Sciences, one much smaller specimen stands out. But its bone structure is of an adult animal, an analysis by Koen Stein (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) concludes.

Some of the animal bones from the Neolithic collective burial of Abri des Autours. B. awl made of a sheep or goat metatarsal. C,E: rods made of red deer antler. F: rib of a large bovid fashioned into a point. A,D: unmodified bones. (Photo: RBINS)
26/02/2018

Tools Made of Animal Bones in Burial Site in Belgian Cave

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Reinout Verbeke

Scientists have identified tools in a 6.000 year old grave in the Abri des Autours cave, near the Belgian city of Dinant. It is the fourth Neolithic burial site in Belgium where worked animal bones were found.

The most famous piece of Belgian portable artwork has to be the massive Chaleux stone. Engraved on both sides, it depicts a fine aurochs and a reindeer on one side and, on the other, a horse, a standing ibex and another ibex lying down. (Photo: RBINS)
23/01/2018

The Most Ancient Belgian Art: Online And in 3D

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Reinout Verbeke

The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) has launched an online museum with the oldest art objects from Belgium.

Sole larva (copyright: Hans Hillewaert)
15/12/2017

Will Climate Change Lead to More Sole in the North Sea?

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Kelle Moreau

The common sole (Solea solea) is a flatfish with a high economical value (e.g. representing up to 40% of the annual profit of the Belgian fishery in recent years), that is therefore subject to a strong fishing pressure.

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