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Excavations in the Tadkeshwar mine in western India (Photo: Annelise Folie, RBINS)
27/06/2016

New Indian Site Yields Hoard of Fossils

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Reinout Verbeke

An international team of palaeontologists and geologists have dug up 54 million year old fossils in India. The fossils are from mammals, birds and reptiles, including a newly discovered giant snake.

Zoom on dredging operations in Markermeer (Figure: RBINS - Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2016).
02/06/2016

Marker Wadden Dredging Operations Observed by Sentinel-2A Satellite

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In the Netherlands, dredging operations in the lake Markermeer can be seen from space! RBINS scientists process satellite images and validate these images with measurements in the lake.

Addax antelope (Photo: Thomas Rabeil/Sahara Conservation Fund)
26/05/2016

Good News and Bad News from the Sahara

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The reintroduction of the Scimitar-horned Oryx (Oryx dammah) in Chad is a very positive development for the species.  Unfortunately, in the meantime, regional insecurity and oil industry activities in the Sahara desert have pushed the Addax (

Taking measurements for the archaeo-magnetic survey in the Bruniquel Cave. (Photo: Etienne FABRE - SSAC)
25/05/2016

Constructions in French Cave Indicate Neanderthals Were More Modern than Assumed

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Reinout Verbeke

Scientists have found constructions in a cave in the south west of France that are 176,500 years old. This makes them among the oldest known human constructions. Neanderthals built structures with broken stalagmites and used them as fireplaces.

20th anniversary of the Belgian ratification of the Convention on Biological Diversity (Picture: Thierry Hubin – RBINS)
23/05/2016

Save the biodiversity - 1001 decisions

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On May 20, 2016 we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Belgian ratification of the Convention on Biological Diversity in the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. Biodiversity is life! But that life is threatened ...

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