Harbour seals in the harbour of Nieuwpoort on 17 November 2018 (© Linda Vanthournout)

Marine mammals in Belgium in 2018

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Kelle Moreau

Scientists from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) summarised the available information on marine mammals in Belgium in 2018 in the new edition of the dedicated report series.

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Séverine Fourdrilis, showing her collection of Melarhaphe neritoides

‘It’s like science isn’t enough in itself'

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Siska Van Parys

Tiny snails can tell great stories... When Séverine Fourdrilis started her PhD at our Institute 7 years ago, her plan was to carry out a rather classical genetic study on marine snails. After one year however, she discovered something strange was going on with one of the species’ genes.

Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo, Auderghem - Parc Seny, 23 May 2018 © Bernard Pasau

A Detailed Atlas of the Dragonflies of the Brussels-Capital Region

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Kelle Moreau

Because of their specific life cycle, dragonflies are very good indicators of the quality of humid environments. The study of changes in the odonatofauna can therefore be of use when monitoring the quality of ponds and watercourses.

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Skull of the allosaur Arkhane (photo: Thierry Hubin / RBINS)

Arkhane, A New Dinosaur Species On Display

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Charlotte Degueldre

In world premiere: 'Arkhane', the new Jurassic predatory dinosaur, is on display in the  Gallery of Evolution from May 7, 2019 to March 31, 2020!

Excavation of the fossil skeleton of 'Balaenoptera cf. musculus' on the edge of San Giuliano Lake, Matera (photo G. Bianucci).

The Largest Fossil Whale Ever Found

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Reinout Verbeke

New fossils from Italy shed light on the evolution of extreme gigantism of whales. "Large whales evolved earlier than previously thought" our colleague Felix Marx explains.


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