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News - Ancient Skull Suggests Whales Were Giant Before Baleen Arose

At least some whales became giants long before the emergence of filter feeding, a 34-million-year-old whale skull suggests.

News - Fusion18

Fusion18 is a temporary installation bridging the gap between the natural sciences and drawing. Discover our collections through scientific illustrations of our specimens, works by a well-known artist and sketches by enthusiastic amateurs.

News - Genomes of Five Late Neanderthals Provide Insights into Neanderthal History

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. By comparing the genome of the Neandertals, we gain insight in population shifts towards the end of Neandertal history.

Not much is known about Neandertal diversity, or the relation between Neandertals and early humans. That is why the research team of evolutionary biologist Svante Pääbo sequenced the nuclear genome of five late Neandertals, who lived between 39.000 and 47.000 years ago.

News - Excavating Triassic Animals in Poland

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

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. That means the specimen belongs to a different genus and species than the larger iguanodons it is surrounded by.

Dino: Ben the Plateosaurus

Ben the Plateosaurus is a genuine skeleton from Frick, in Switzerland. He was named after Ben Pabst, the palaeontologist who discovered him. The Plateoteam (made up of palaeontologists and technicians from the Museum of Natural Sciences) worked for 18 months to dig out his bones and reconstruct his skeleton. Since December 2017 he is on permanent display in the Dinosaur Gallery.

News - Stolen Dinosaur Skeleton Turns Out To Be Swimming Raptor

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. The 75 million year old and exceptionally well-preserved Halszkaraptor fossil from Mongolia was poached and circulated in private collections.

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