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Artistic reconstruction of two individuals of Peregocetus, one standing along the rocky shore of nowadays Peru and the other preying upon sparid fish. The presence of a tail fluke remains hypothetical. (A. Gennari)
04/04/2019

Four-Legged Whale Ancestors Reached South America in an Otter-Like Swimming Style

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Reinout Verbeke

A four-legged whale from Peru indicates that early whales crossed the South Atlantic before 42.6 million years ago and may have propelled like otters: with a robust tail and webbed fingers on their long feet.

Beams of the 15th century port in the centre of Brussels, close to Place Saint-Catherine (photo: Siska Van Parys, RBINS)
03/04/2019

Medieval Port Found Under ‘Parking 58’ in Brussels

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Siska Van Parys

Archaeologists of our Institute and Urban.Brussels stumbled upon remains of the 15th century Brussels harbour on the site of the former ‘Parking 58’. The most remarkable find so far: a perfectly preserved wooden fish trap.

Palaeontologist Mietje Germonpré holding a tooth of a mammoth calf found at Goyet Cave. (Photo: Thierry Hubin, RBINS)
14/03/2019

Ecological Footprint of First Modern Humans in Europe Was Larger Than That of the Neandertals

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Reinout Verbeke

The first modern humans in Europe hunted mammoths more intensively than Neandertals did, a study on fossils from Belgian and German sites reveals.

Artistic impression of the pterosaur Mistralazhdarcho maggii (image: Pierre Lavaud, Mazan)
18/10/2018

New Pterosaur Species Discovered in the South of France

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Siska Van Parys

Belgian and French palaeontologists have discovered a new pterosaur species in the South of France. This flying reptile with a wingspan of about 4,5 meter belongs to the same family as the iconic Quetzalcoatlus.

Opgravingen Sint-Romboutskerkhof Mechelen (Foto: Dienst Archeologie - Stad Mechelen)
25/06/2018

Belgium's Largest Collection of Human Remains Reveals Its Secrets

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Reinout Verbeke

An anthropologist from our Institute has analyzed 350 human skeletons from a cemetery in Malines, Belgium. The human remains date from the 10th until the 18th century, and are part of the largest skeletal assemblage ever found in Belgium.

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