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Marine mammals in the Paratethys Sea, which became hypersaline between 13.8 and 13.4 million years ago, developed heavier bones. The core of the bone has far fewer cavities compared to contemporaries from other seas and to current species. (Image: RBINS)
23/11/2021

Marine mammals developed thicker bones as diving weights in super salty sea

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Reinout Verbeke

Palaeontologists have discovered that marine mammals developed thicker and heavier bones as an adaptation to a salty inland sea in Central Europe some 13 million years ago.

Scan van fossiele haaienkaak
16/11/2021

360-million-year-old shark jaw discovered in Belgian Ardennes

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Reinout Verbeke

A team of researchers, including palaeontologist Sébastien Olive (Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences), has described a 360 million-year-old shark jaw found in the Belgian Ardennes. It is an exceptional find because cartilage almost never fossilizes.

The new Belgica. Image: Freire Shipyard
15/11/2021

The management and operation of the new BELGICA is entrusted to the French shipping company Genavir

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Kelle Moreau

The new oceanographic research vessel Belgica will be operated by Genavir, specialised in the management of scientific vessels. The manager of the French oceanographic fleet will thus also become the first French shipping company to manage a ship under the Belgian flag.

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Bewick’s Swans, Lapscheure (Belgium). Image: D. Vangeluwe/RBINS
08/11/2021

The Odyssey of the Bewick’s Swan: traceable online from the Russian tundra to European coastal areas

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Kelle Moreau

Mystery in the world of the Bewick’s Swan: During the last 15 years, the numbers in the traditional wintering areas in the North Sea countries fell by a third, while in the Evros Delta (Greece-Turkey), a new area was colonized where the numbers rose to 9000 during February 2018.

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Our former Belgica is now named Borys Aleksandrov (Image: Viktor Komorin/EU4EMBLAS)
29/10/2021

Our former Belgica is now named Borys Aleksandrov

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Kelle Moreau

The research vessels Belgica and James Clark Ross, which were handed over to Ukraine by Belgium and Great Britain respectively, were given new names on Friday, 29 October 2021. This happened during a ceremony in their new Ukrainian home port Odessa.

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