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)

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)

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)

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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Ben le platéosaure dans la Galerie des Dinosaures

Plateosaurus for Brussels

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Reinout Verbeke

135 years after the Bernissart Iguanodons, the Museum of Natural Sciences showcases an authentic and complete dinosaur fossil: Ben, the Plateosaurus from Switzerland.

Extremely well-preserved fossil of Halszkaraptor escuilliei from Mongolia, still partly embedded in rock. (Photo: Thierry Hubin, RBINS)

Stolen Dinosaur Skeleton Turns Out To Be Swimming Raptor

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Reinout Verbeke

An international team of scientists, along with Belgian palaeontologists, has described a new dinosaur that could swim. It is the first time this adaptation has been found so clearly in a dinosaur.


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