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Mosasaur skulls
07/09/2022

Did early whales function the same way as marine reptiles?

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Reinout Verbeke

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.

Team van opgravers in Wyoming
25/08/2022

Digging Jurassic Dinosaurs in Wyoming: 'Camarasaurus' Morris

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Reinout Verbeke

The third excavation season in central Wyoming is spendid one for the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences: three dinosaurs from the late Jurassic era. A - at first sight - young Camarasaurus, a Dryosaurus and possibly a Brachiosaurus.

Dominant male of the new species Haplochromis glaucus.
22/04/2022

Ten new species of predatory fish from Lake Edward

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Reinout Verbeke

A team of Belgian researchers has described ten new species of small predatory fish from Lake Edward. Scientists have long suspected that this lake between the DR Congo and Uganda is home to exceptional fish diversity.

Artist's reconstruction of the pterosaur Tupandactylus. (Copyright: Julio Lacerda)
20/04/2022

Pterosaurs already had coloured feathers

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Reinout Verbeke

Pterosaurs, flying reptiles and close relatives of the dinosaurs, already developed feathers of different shapes and colours. This has been proven by a 115 million year old Brazilian fossil, studied by a team of palaeontologists.

Arctocyon skull from the collections of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. The skull was excavated in the 1980s in the Reims region. (Photo: Thierry Smith)
31/03/2022

Mammals put brawn before brains to survive post-dinosaur world

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Reinout Verbeke

Prehistoric mammals bulked up, rather than develop bigger brains, to boost their survival chances once dinosaurs had become extinct, research suggests.

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