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Bewick’s Swans, Lapscheure (Belgium). Image: D. Vangeluwe/RBINS
08/11/2021

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 colonized where the numbers rose to 9000 during February 2018.

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Our former Belgica is now named Borys Aleksandrov (Image: Viktor Komorin/EU4EMBLAS)
29/10/2021

Our former Belgica is now named Borys Aleksandrov

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Kelle Moreau

The research vessels Belgica and James Clark Ross, which were handed over to Ukraine by Belgium and Great Britain respectively, were given new names on Friday, 29 October 2021. This happened during a ceremony in their new Ukrainian home port Odessa.

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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.

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.

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