Guidelines to follow during your visit

Horse herd in the steppes of Inner Mongolia, China, July 2019. (Picture: Ludovic Orlando)

Origin of domestic horses finally established

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Reinout Verbeke

Horses were first domesticated in the northern Caucasus, before conquering the rest of Eurasia within a few centuries.

Bewick’s Swans (Juvenile bird in the foreground). Image: RBINS/D. Vangeluwe

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 colonised where the numbers rose to 9000.

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Our wooden Iguanodon, in front of the museum, with its mask (photo: Stéphane Van Israël, RBINS)

Visit the Museum in complete safety

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Charlotte Degueldre

Fancy a day full of dinosaurs, with T. rex 'Trix', allosaurus 'Arkhane' and of course our Bernissart Iguanodons? Or are you eager to discover our gallery Living Planet and the Gallery of Humankind? Visit our museum halls in complete safety thanks to the measures we have taken.

The Sowerby’s beaked whale of Nieuwpoort and Wenduine arriving at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Merelbeke, 8 August 2020. Image: RBINS/J. Haelters

Marine mammals in Belgium in 2020

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Kelle Moreau

In a new report, the RBINS summarises the results of the monitoring and research of marine mammals in Belgium in 2020. Relatively few harbour porpoises washed ashore, while seals continued to gain a foothold.

Hepatitis B virus

10,000 years of Hepatitis B virus evolution

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Reinout Verbeke

A new study traces the evolution of the hepatitis B virus from prehistory to the present, revealing dissemination routes and changes in viral diversity.


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