Museum for Natural Sciences will exhibit new dinosaurMonday, 06 May 2019 13:16
Its exceptionally well-preserved skeleton is the property of a private collector who wishes to stay anonymous. Experts at the Brussels' museum studied the skeleton, and it will now be exhibited for 11 months.
The name of the dinosaur, "Arkhane", was chosen by its owner and is a combination of the Latin 'Arcanus', which means enigmatic and secret, referencing the new species, and 'Genghis Khan', the conqueror, referencing its position at the top of the food chain.
The fossil is for 70% complete and is missing a few ribs, cervical vertebrae and half of its skull. The skeleton is 8.7 metres long and 2.6 metres tall and stems from the upper Jurassic era.
Arkhane walked on his hind legs and was able to reach 30 to 55 kilometres per hour. Its muscular tail was the counterweight to its massive chest and head. Allosaurians were slender, agile and "only" weighed between 700 and 1,500 kilograms.
The skeleton was dug up in 2014 at Barnum-Kaycee, Wyoming, barely 250 meters from the site where the team of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (KBIN) has been digging for two years.
The private collector gave the fossil to the museum with two goals in mind: identify the specimen and, therefore, examine through scientific research whether it is a new species. Secondly, show the skeleton to as many people as possible, spark interest in science and possibly also let young people discover the profession of palaeontologist.
More info can be found on the museum's website.
The Brussels Times
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel thanked Theresa May for her "resolve" and “openness of mind” throughout the Brexit negotiations, after the U.K. prime minister stepped down on Friday.
Belgian students joined thousands of others worldwide in marching away from school and into the streets on Friday, in a global school strike which coincided with the last Youth for Climate March in Brussels before a major election at the weekend.
About 250 activists blew whistles in Ghent on Friday to call attention to the need for a better Belgium climate…
Rotterdam Airport is studying the production of sustainable kerosene under a European project spearheaded by the German company EDL.The project…
Delphine Boël reacted on Wednesday, through her lawyer, to statements by one of the attorneys of Albert II that the…
Fire services were called out to an incident near Schaerbeek station on Friday at 12:57 after a material storage booth, located…