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The different modifications: the femur left shows percussion pits and a percussion notch and the femur right shows cutmarks. Femur right also shows retouching marks left from its use to retouch the edges of stone tools. (Photo: RBINS)
06/07/2016

Belgian Neandertals Were Cannibals

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Reinout Verbeke

Neandertals that lived near the Belgian caverns of Goyet were cannibals. Several bones show cut marks and percussion marks. It is the first evidence of Neandertal cannibalism in northern Europe.

The Balat-greenhouse, a masterpiece in the Botanic Garden of Meise. In front: two of our selected masterpieces for 100 Masters: the mosasaur and the thylacine (Photo: Thierry Hubin, RBINS)
24/06/2016

“Museum swap” with Botanic Garden Meise for #100Masters

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Reinout Verbeke

On June 9th we organised a “museum swap” with the Botanic Garden in Meise. We visited each other to discover the showpieces that are selected for 100 Masters.

Human bone fragments from the Goyet caves (Belgium), between 27,000 en 35,000 years old and belonging to haplogroups M or N. (Photo: Eric Dewamme, RBINS)
04/02/2016

European Humans Underwent Hefty Shuffle at the End of Last Ice Age

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Reinout Verbeke

European populations changed dramatically at the end of the last Ice Age. This is what scientists have revealed as a result of DNA analysis of more than thirty fossils from six countries.

Tv-presentaror Lieven Scheire neemt de naar hem genoemde wandelende tak vast
10/03/2015

New Stick Insect Species Named After TV-Presenter Lieven Scheire

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Reinout Verbeke

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Pupils looking at the stick insects in their classroom
05/03/2015

Pupils Help to Describe a New Stick Insect Species

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Reinout Verbeke

A new species of phasmids is going to be observed, described and named by children from 3 primary classes in Brussels and Namur (Belgium).

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