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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)

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.

Expedition Inkanamongo

Video 'Expedition Inkanamongo' - In search of the source of zoonoses in DR Congo

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Reinout Verbeke

Biologist Nicolas Laurent and his research team go on an expedition to the Democratic Republic of Congo, to the remote village of Inkanamongo.

Artistic reconstruction of the Seiche wave surging into the Tanis river, bringing in fishes and everything in its path while impact spherules rain down from the sky. (Artistic reconstruction: Joschua Knüppe)

Reign of the dinosaurs ended in spring

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Reinout Verbeke

An international team of researchers has discovered that the asteroid that wiped out almost all the dinosaurs came down in spring. This is indicated by the growth and feeding patterns of fish that died immediately after the impact.

The tusks of the contemporary African bush elephant (background) are small feat next to the fossil tusk of the straight-tusked elephant (foreground). (Image : RBINS/T. Hubin)

A fossilised tusk of a straight-tusked elephant from the North Sea. New in the Museum!

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Kelle Moreau

Early July 2020, a Dutch shrimp trawler in Belgian territorial waters hauled up nothing less than an elephant tusk in its nets.

Offshore wind farm in the Belgian part of the North Sea. (Image: RBINS/MUMM)

Environmental impact of offshore wind farms in the Belgian North Sea - Attraction, avoidance and habitat use at various spatial scales

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Kelle Moreau

In a new annual report, the scientists that monitor the environmental impact of offshore wind farms in the Belgian part of the North Sea summarise their latest findings.

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