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Artists’ impression of three individuals of the extinct beaked whale Messapicetus gregarious. They feed on sardines close to the water surface, along the coast of what is now Peru. (Image: A. Gennari)
09/09/2015

Fossilised Meal Illustrates Habitat Shift of Beaked Whales

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Reinout Verbeke

Our colleague, palaeontologist Olivier Lambert, has found a 9 million year old fossil of a beaked whale and its last meal. This extremely rare find suggests that part of the beaked whales lived close to the water surface at that time, while the modern species are deep divers.

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17/08/2015

Public Consultation for Offshore Wind Farm Northwester 2

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Reinout Verbeke

Near the sandbank Blighbank, about 46 km off the Northsea coast, NV Northwester 2 wants to build an offshore wind farm. The firm has introduced a request for the environmental permit for the construction and exploitation of the wind farm at the beginning of July.

Image of the port of Zeebrugge, taken by satellite Sentinel-2A on 6 July 2015. (Photo: ESA)
03/08/2015

Marine Researchers Welcome Extraordinary Sea Images from New European Satellite

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Reinout Verbeke

The newly launched European satellite Sentinel-2A turns out to be very useful for marine researcher, says bio-engineer Dimitry Van der Zande of our Institute, who presented the first images in Milan.

Biodiversity hotspot in the sea (picture A.Norro RBINS).
16/07/2015

Hotspot for Biodiversity in the North Sea Rediscovered

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Belgian biologists have rediscovered a hotspot for underwater life in the North Sea. In the vicinity of a few sandbanks along the Belgian coast, the fauna is flourishing just like it was a hundred years ago.

Barbatodon transylvanicus, the oldest fossil mammal with red teeth. (photo: Thierry Smith, RBINS)
16/07/2015

A Prehistoric Mammal with Blood Red Teeth

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Charlotte Degueldre

Our colleague and palaeontologist Thierry Smith has discovered a 70 million year old mammal with red teeth in Transylvania, Romania. Iron strengthened Barbatodon transylvanicus’ incisors and molars and gave them their red colour.

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