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Gone, but now back in full force in Bruges heathlands: the lesser mottled grasshopper (Stenobothrus stigmaticus), one of the eight heathland indicator species. (Photo: Gilles San Martin, Wikimedia Commons)
14/07/2020

Managing Heathland Brings Back Grasshoppers

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Reinout Verbeke

In the heathland around Bruges you can hear grasshoppers again. Their comeback means that recreating heathland pays off.

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.

Researcher Maarten Van Steenberge visits a fish market in Uganda (c) Maarten Van Steenberge, RBINS
20/04/2020

Catfish Genes Key to Evolution of the African Landscape

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Siska Van Parys

Researchers have reconstructed historical changes in the African landscape using the evolutionary history of the African sharptooth catfish. They were able to date important geological and climatic events, such as periods of severe drought, more precisely than ever before.

A snake inside a snake: the cobra Naja samarensis has eaten the rare terrestrial snake Cyclocorus nuchalis nuchalis. (Photo: RBINS, Jonathan Brecko)
13/03/2020

CT Scan Reveals a Rare Snake Inside a Snake

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Reinout Verbeke

You know the Russian matryoshka dolls? Well, while CT scanning a Samar cobra snake from our collections, we found another snake inside: a rare species of about the same size! 

Alopochen aegyptiacus
25/02/2020

Invasive Species of European Concern Get A Factsheet

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Reinout Verbeke

Scientists from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and the Royal Museum for Central Africa have published factsheets for invasive species that are of concern to Europe.

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