Museum of Natural Sciences (Brussels, Belgium)

Museum of Natural Sciences (Brussels, Belgium)

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Brussels  ·  Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, famous for its Museum with the largest Dinosaur Gallery in Europe. #naturalsciencesbrussels
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Our colleague Terry loves her atypical job. She works in the team that manages our recent vertebrate collections. More specifically, she works with the #mammals and #birds (the so-called ‘dry specimens’, as opposed to the specimens conserved ‘in alcohol’ like reptiles, amphibians and fish). She adores the atypical and diverse side of her job. Administrative tasks like coding and registering new collections (”When I see an animal, the first thing that pops into my head is its scientific…

Our colleague Terry loves her atypical job. She works in the team that manages our recent vertebrate collections. More specifically, she works with the #mammals and #birds (the so-called ‘dry specimens’, as opposed to the specimens conserved ‘in alcohol’ like reptiles, amphibians and fish). She adores the atypical and diverse side of her job. Administrative tasks like coding and registering new collections (”When I see an animal, the first thing that pops into my head is its scientific…

Our taxidermist Christophe Demey has started working on Yessie, the female Siberian tiger from @zooantwerpen who died in 2015.

Our taxidermist Christophe Demey has started working on Yessie, the female Siberian tiger from @zooantwerpen who died in 2015.

A today's primate holding the oldest one. Mark the difference in size! @rbinsmuseum’s palaeontologist Thierry Smith showing fossils of the oldest primate known to date: Teilhardina belgica. 56 million years old, found in Dormaal (Belgium) and described in 1927 by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Teilhardina had already forward-oriented eyes, opposable thumbs and big toes, and nails in stead of claws. It must have looked like a dwarf lemur. Teilhardina marks the very start of primate evolution.

A today's primate holding the oldest one. Mark the difference in size! @rbinsmuseum’s palaeontologist Thierry Smith showing fossils of the oldest primate known to date: Teilhardina belgica. 56 million years old, found in Dormaal (Belgium) and described in 1927 by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Teilhardina had already forward-oriented eyes, opposable thumbs and big toes, and nails in stead of claws. It must have looked like a dwarf lemur. Teilhardina marks the very start of primate evolution.

#Unpacking the incredible drawings of Gustave Lavalette in order to digitize them, so they can be studied without touching the original. This drawing of an Iguanodon head is from 1886. Commissioned after the Bernissart Iguanodons were found (excavations from 1878-1881), Lavalette drew each unearthed skeleton in the position in which it was found. You can find enlarged versions of these drawings in our Dinosaur Gallery.

#Unpacking the incredible drawings of Gustave Lavalette in order to digitize them, so they can be studied without touching the original. This drawing of an Iguanodon head is from 1886. Commissioned after the Bernissart Iguanodons were found (excavations from 1878-1881), Lavalette drew each unearthed skeleton in the position in which it was found. You can find enlarged versions of these drawings in our Dinosaur Gallery.

Jane Goodall and Princess Esmeralda in our Dinosaur Gallery!

Jane Goodall and Princess Esmeralda in our Dinosaur Gallery!

For the first time in ten years, the giant glass display box of our Iguanodons has been polished from the inside. The cleaner does not have to worry about the peaceful dinosaurs behind him, but the task still requires some acrobatics!

For the first time in ten years, the giant glass display box of our Iguanodons has been polished from the inside. The cleaner does not have to worry about the peaceful dinosaurs behind him, but the task still requires some acrobatics!

What an incredible fossil! Halszkaraptor was a dinosaur species that could... swim! It is the first time this adaptation has been found so clearly in a dinosaur. The 75 million year old and exceptionally well-preserved Halszkaraptor fossil from Mongolia was poached and circulated in private collections. An international team of scientists, along with Belgian palaeontologists, has just published their discription of this aquatic raptor in Nature.

What an incredible fossil! Halszkaraptor was a dinosaur species that could... swim! It is the first time this adaptation has been found so clearly in a dinosaur. The 75 million year old and exceptionally well-preserved Halszkaraptor fossil from Mongolia was poached and circulated in private collections. An international team of scientists, along with Belgian palaeontologists, has just published their discription of this aquatic raptor in Nature.

Plateosaurus ‘Ben’!! ✨210 million years old and one of the first long-necked dinosaurs! This 6.4 metre long specimen from Switzerland took us 1.5 year of preparation. Ben is marking the 10th anniversary of our Dinosaur Gallery!

Plateosaurus ‘Ben’!! ✨210 million years old and one of the first long-necked dinosaurs! This 6.4 metre long specimen from Switzerland took us 1.5 year of preparation. Ben is marking the 10th anniversary of our Dinosaur Gallery!

Plateosaurus ‘Ben’!! ✨210 million years old and one of the first long-necked dinosaurs! This 6.4 metre long specimen from Switzerland took us 1.5 year of preparation. Ben is marking the 10th anniversary of our Dinosaur Gallery!

Plateosaurus ‘Ben’!! ✨210 million years old and one of the first long-necked dinosaurs! This 6.4 metre long specimen from Switzerland took us 1.5 year of preparation. Ben is marking the 10th anniversary of our Dinosaur Gallery!