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Horse herd in the steppes of Inner Mongolia, China, July 2019. (Picture: Ludovic Orlando)
20/10/2021

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
16/10/2021

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 colonised where the numbers rose to 9000.

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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
08/10/2021

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
08/10/2021

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.

Winnaars van de Palaeontologica Belgica Awards en de Louis De Pauw Awards.
04/10/2021

RBINS palaeontologists win awards

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Reinout Verbeke

Two of our palaeontologists and one of our citizen scientists have received an award for their contribution to palaeontology.

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