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 Picture of a Storena formosa specimen with exposure of both 2 flashes and 2 UV lights of 395 nm. (photo: Jonathan Brecko)
26/08/2016

UV Light Reveals Invisible Beauty in Natural History Collections

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Jonas Van Boxel

A team from our Institute has studied the use of UV light in the digitization of natural history collections. UV light reveals fluorescent parts of specimens.

Fossilized bones found in a coal mine in Gujarat, India. U.S. quarter shown for size. (photo: Johns Hopkins Medicine)
23/08/2016

Discovery of The Most Primitive Primate

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Jonas Van Boxel

A cache of exquisitely preserved bones, found in a coal mine in the state of Gujarat, India, appear to be the most primitive primate bones yet discovered. The discovery marks an important chapter in the evolution of primates, mammals which include humans, apes and monkeys.

Reconstruction of the placoderm nursery: young placoderms in shallow waters (above), adult animals in deeper waters (below). (Image: Justine Jacquot-Hameon, MNHN)
23/08/2016

360 Million Year Old Fish Nursery Found in Namur

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Reinout Verbeke

Palaeontologists have found 360 million year old placoderms, the oldest known jawed vertebrates, in the quarry of Strud, close to Namur. They mostly found young animals, which could be an indication that it was a nursery or spawning place.

Pollen types that are frequently found in medieval and post-medieval cesspits: chervil (a), starflower (b), myrtle family (c), lungwort (d), gum rockrose (e), cluster of chervil (f). (Photo: RBINS)
19/08/2016

Pollen from Cesspits Reveal Medieval Diet

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Reinout Verbeke

Between 1100 and 1700, the menu of the ‘Belgians’ mostly consisted of cereal products and occasionally some exotic ingredients, like honey from Spain or cloves from Indonesia. Researcher Koen Deforce (RBINS) analysed pollen that were collected in ancient Flemish cesspits.

Our Natural Selection: short animation videos tell the story of six must-see exhibits in our Museum. (Image: RBINS)
17/08/2016

'Our Natural Selection': Let Your Smartphone Guide You to Six Must-Sees in Our Museum

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Reinout Verbeke

Turn your smartphone into a video guide with the free izi.TRAVEL-app and check the 'Our Natural Selection' Tour. Animations and archive photos tell you the story of 6 of our must-see exhibits.

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