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Retired taxonomists Patrick Grootaert and Léon Baert. 'Taxonomy is more than collecting stamps' (Photo: Reinout Verbeke, RBINS)
18/01/2017

Taxonomists, An Endangered Species

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Reinout Verbeke

Taxonomists describe, define and identify life on Earth. This fundamental work is necessary to preserve and protect declining biodiversity.

Plants will be planted in these gabions. (photo: Jérôme Constant)
14/12/2016

A Simple Solution to Make the Leopold Park Pond Healthy Again

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Jonas Van Boxel

The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences wants to bring back biodiversity in the neighbouring Leopold Park by rehabilitating a natural bank around the pond.

Pupils looking at the stick insects in their classroom
19/10/2016

‘Stick Insects In Class’ wins Science Communication award

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Reinout Verbeke
Two entomologists from our Institute have won an award from the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.
Our famous Goyet dog skull, the oldest dog identified to date, is being sampled for DNA analysis. (photo: Reinout Verbeke - RBINS)
14/10/2016

How DNA Reveals Ancient Secrets

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Jonas Van Boxel

A Neanderthal bone, a mummified Egyptian cat, a dog from Siberian permafrost, a sturgeon from Roman times or medieval plant remains: their DNA is a fantastic source of information. But the genetic code of these ancient organisms is not easy to crack.

The beetle species Pogonus chalceus lives in salt marches in Guérande (France). (Photo: RBINS)
03/10/2016

Different Behaviour Leads to New Species

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Reinout Verbeke

Two populations of the same species can become separated by natural barriers and evolve into different species over time. That is nothing new.

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