Orca stranding on the Belgian coast
On October 29, a male orca was spotted off the coast of Coxyde. A few hours later, the severely weakened animal washed up in De Panne, where it died almost immediately.
Dust played a major role in dinosaur demise
Fine dust from pulverized rock generated by the Chicxulub impact likely played a dominant role in global climate cooling and the disruption of photosynthesis following the event.
Kamasutra: a new genus of insects from Australia with a particularly acrobatic mating behavior
One of our entomologists has described a new genus of insects from Australia with a particularly acrobatic mating behavior.
Sea change: new blueprint for Southern Ocean survival
More than 200 scientists from 19 countries published the first comprehensive assessment of trends in Southern Ocean ecosystems. They emphasize that climate change is the main driver of species and ecosystem change in the Southern Ocean and coastal Antarctica.
Citizen scientists describe 31-million-year-old driftwood with attached sea life from Schelle
Amateur palaeontologists have unearthed a large piece of driftwood that ended up in the sea some 31 million years ago and around which a lot of marine life fossilized. A rare find.
Invasive alien species: how to tackle one of the five main causes of the biodiversity crisis?
The Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) published a new report, provides an overview of the latest data, analysis and options regarding invasive alien species and their control.
Carcass of Fin whale in port of Antwerp
A dead fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) was found in the port of Antwerp.
Predatory adaptations in the large Jurassic marine reptile Temnodontosaurus
A new species of leafhopper that looks like a Triceratops
Newly described ancient whale could be the heaviest animal ever
Perucetus colossus, an ancient whale that swam off the coast of present-day Peru 39 million years ago, rivals the blue whale as the heaviest animal ever.
Jaw analyses show what cave bears and brown bears ate
The Belgica documents climate change in Greenland fjords
New fly species described from the Jardin Massart in Brussels
Entomologists have described three new fly species. They were collected - in collaboration with citizen scientists - at the Jardin Massart on the outskirts of Brussels.
First RV Belgica Mission to the Far North
Edgar Kesteloot: father of nature conservation in Belgium
North Sea aerial surveillance in 2022
Bones from 31,000 years ago indicate ancient exploitation of duck wings
30 years of Belgian North Sea aerial surveillance
Marine mammals in Belgium in 2022
A fossil provides oldest evidence of plant self-defence in wood
Effect of bottom trawling on carbon emissions from seabed overestimated
Two victims of Bois du Cazier mine fire identified
August 8 1956, 262 miners lost their lives in the Bois du Cazier mine fire in Marcinelle (Charleroi).
HOME research project recommends repatriation of historical human remains from former Belgian colonies
Worldwide collections database maps 1 billion objects
A new database maps the total collections from 73 of the world’s largest natural history museums and herbaria in 28 countries, revealing a total collection of more than 1.1 billion objects.
Monograph provides overview of fossil cartilaginous fishes in our collection
Environmental impact of offshore wind farms: getting ready for expansion in the Belgian North Sea
New treaty protects biodiversity on high seas
Ice Age Survivors
Scientists find a new family of snakes
An international team of researchers led by the University of Helsinki has revised the phylogeny of the Elapoidea, an important group of snakes. By doing so, they discovered a new family of snakes.
Egyptian tomb with ten crocodile mummies discovered
A global framework to halt biodiversity loss and restore natural ecosystems
UNITED wins Blue Innovation Swell Award 2022
Inauguration of the Belgian Climate Centre
Marine Forecasts serving Smart Aquafarming
Recent sea vessels are emitting more nitrogen in the Belgian North Sea
Museum Night Fever at the Museum of Natural Sciences
Did early whales function the same way as marine reptiles?
Research from ULiège and RBINS investigated the morphological similarities between the earliest whales and ancient marine reptiles from the dinosaur-era, the mosasaurs. Four specimens from our collections were used for this study.
Europe's Oldest Gecko Species Lived in Belgium
The Geological Survey of Belgium celebrates its 125th birthday
On December 16th 2021, our Geological Survey of Belgium was exactly 125 years old. This important milestone was celebrated with a colloquium, a book, an award, a birthday cake and excursions.
Exhibition at the Palace : 2022 edition
Marine mammals in Belgium in 2021
22 species added to the European list of invasive alien species
Experts predict top emerging impacts on ocean biodiversity over next decade
RV Belgica baptised by HRH Princess Elisabeth in Ghent
North Sea aerial surveys in 2021
Discovery of a biodiversity hotspot in Belgium’s farthest offshore waters
King Philippe visits research vessel Belgica
Ten strategic recommendations for sustainable sand extraction
Ten new species of predatory fish from Lake Edward
Pterosaurs already had coloured feathers
A unique cooperation and new scientific challenges for the research vessel Belgica!
Mammals put brawn before brains to survive post-dinosaur world
Video 'Expedition Inkanamongo' - In search of the source of zoonoses in DR Congo
Reign of the dinosaurs ended in spring
A fossilised tusk of an elephant in the North Sea!
Environmental impact of offshore wind farms in the Belgian North Sea - Attraction, avoidance and habitat use at various spatial scales
Skeletons of hundreds of Ice Age hyena cubs found in Belgian cave highlight severe ecological event that struck northern Europe about 45,000 years ago
Supergene turns spider into a ‘macho male’
Two primitive mammals that lived at the end of the dinosaur era
170 species named after King Leopold III and Queen Astrid
Marine mammals developed thicker bones as diving weights in super salty sea
360-million-year-old shark jaw discovered in Belgian Ardennes
The management and operation of the new BELGICA is entrusted to the French shipping company Genavir
Origin of domestic horses finally established
Marine mammals in Belgium in 2020
Six new snake species described
Two of them live in trees in Central Africa, three others on limestone hills in Thailand and another one near mountain rivers in the north of South-East Asia and the south of China.
The 40km long drill core collection of the Belgian subsoil
Conservatories at Péronnes-lez-Binche in Hainaut house 40 km of drill cores. Collected over the last 150 years, these geological samples tell us about the composition of Belgium's subsoil.
Belgian mussels developed stronger shells
Belgian mussels have developed stronger shells over the last hundred years. More calcareous shells protect them better from crabs’ claws and seagulls’ beaks. These predators have increased significantly in number during the last fifty years.
Facebook Users Help Inventorize Cambodian Lanternflies