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Top: Cha-Am leaf-toed gecko (Dixonius pawangkhananti), Bottom: Ranong leaf-toed gecko (Dixonius dulayaphitakorum), both (c) Montri Sumontha
22/10/2020

Unexpected Discovery of Two New Gecko Species in Thailand

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Siska Van Parys

A team of researchers from Thailand and Belgium discovered two new gecko species, in two very unexpected places: next to a famous Buddhist temple in Cha-Am and in the middle of the city Ranong.

Samen voor biodiversiteit / Ensemble pour la biodiversité logo
29/09/2020

RBINS joins the European Commission Global Coalition “United for #Biodiversity”

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Reinout Verbeke

The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences becomes the 2nd official member and the 1st Natural History Museum worldwide to join the Global Coalition United for #Biodiversity

The skull of Rhaphicetus (dorsal view and lateral view). (Photo: RBINS)
21/09/2020

18 Million Year Old Sperm Whale With 'Needle-Shaped' Snout

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Reinout Verbeke

Paleontologists have excavated and described one of the oldest fossil sperm whales. The new species from Peru is approximately 18 million years old. Rhaphicetus valenciae was about 5 metres long and had an extremely long snout and slender, pointed teeth.

Stranded harbour porpoise @Multimedia, Faculteit Diergeneeskunde, Universiteit Utrecht
09/09/2020

Number of Dead Porpoises on North Sea Coasts on the Rise

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Kelle Moreau

A new study published in the leading scientific journal Biological Conservation reveals a striking increase in the number of stranded porpoises along the North Sea coast.

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One of the two perfectly preserved skeletons of Changmiania liaoningensis and an artist's impression. (Drawing: Carine Ciselet)
08/09/2020

Eternal Sleep: Dinosaurs Died Underground, Fossils Perfectly Preserved

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Reinout Verbeke

Palaeontologists have described a new species of burrowing dinosaur from China. Two intact fossils of Changmiania liaoningensis suggest that the animals were trapped by a volcanic eruption while resting at the bottom of their burrows.

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