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The New Guinea Singing Dog belongs to one of at least five lineages that split off from the ancestral dog population during the Last Ice Age. (Photo: Nathan Rupert)
29/10/2020

Study of ancient dog DNA traces canine diversity to the Ice Age

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Reinout Verbeke

A global study of ancient dog DNA, led by scientists at the Francis Crick Institute, University of Oxford, University of Vienna and archaeologists from more than 10 countries, presents evidence that there were different types of dogs more than 11,000 years ago in the period immediately fo

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.

Comparison of the skeleton of Primoptynx poliotauros next to that of the extant snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) (c) Sven Tränkner & Gerald Mayr
28/07/2020

Owl Discovered That Hunted Like A Hawk 55 Million Years Ago

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Siska Van Parys

Paleontologists have described a large owl that killed medium-sized mammals with its feet and claws some 55 million years ago. “Today, owls kill with their beak," says paleontologist Thierry Smith (RBINS), who participated to the study of the well-preserved skeleton from Wyoming, USA.

Black skin in a live Black vulture (Coragyps atratus) (Photo: Michaël Nicolaï)
02/06/2020

Underneath The Feathers: Darker Bird Skin Protects Against UV Light

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Reinout Verbeke

Biologists from the University of Ghent discovered that bird skin becomes darker towards the equator. Tanned skin protects birds from harmful UV light. This evolutionary pattern was already know for humans and reptiles.

Whale skeleton
30/04/2020

3 Million Year Old Skeleton From Port of Antwerp New Puzzle Piece In Whale Evolution

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Reinout Verbeke

Paleontologists have described a new baleen whale species that swam around the North Sea some 3 million years ago. Antwerpibalaena liberatlas is an extinct cousin of the modern right whales.

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