As a part of our public outreach we invest a lot of time and effort into specific projects, ranging from setting up (temporary) expositions, performing restaurations, organising fieldschools and provide (online) courses and lectures. We also work on papers, books, articles, create specific software, set-up databases, educational video's and films. In the following list we provide an overview of all the past and current projects.
13 March 2021 - Livestream PaleoTime-NL
Together with our colleagues from the Trilolab collective, we provided a live-stream on paleontological preparation techniques for the annual PaleoTime-NL event. This online edition was a first attempt bringing preparation techniques closer to the paleontological community. During this 8 hour long event, interviews, short documentaries and the live preparation of a Hollardops trilobite took place. Read all about it in our blog. You can re-watch the feed in this video
12-16 April 2021 - Restoration of the Pleistocene mammal collection from Berlare (Nieuwdonk Quarry)
In a joint project between the municipality of Berlare (Oost-Vlaanderen) and Palaeontologica Belgica, a large collection of Pleistocene mammals will be restored and thoroughly cataloged for future scientific research. The restoration will take place in the cultural center 'CC Stroming' between 12-16th April. More info on the collection and the project can be found via this link. A daily blog will be available online, monitoring the progress of the project and our observations during the restoration and the media coverage during this time.
Documentary 'Vroege Vogels' Dutch television (BNN-VARA) Het Zwin
On Wednesday 23rd june, a film crew from the BNN VARA docu-series 'Vroege Vogels' (early birds) Invited us to talk about the paleontological remnants that can be found in the "Zwin" Natural reserve along the Dutch-Belgian border. This unique wetland houses a complex mix of fossil, subfossil, and contemporary living organisms within a dynamic coastal setting. Although the majority of the fossils are found ex-situ, it is nevertheless a great educational location where the interaction between man and nature, climate change and sedimentology can be illustrated. The final video can be found here.
Geological curiosities of the Fagne
In collaboration with the marble museum of Rance (Musée du Marbre), Palaeontologica Belgica erected a temporary exhibit around the paleontological, mineralogical and geological remains from the quarry of Lompret (Chimay – Hainaut province). The exhibit will be open to the public from the 5th april until the 5th of October 2022 and can be visited during the normal opening hours of the museum. For the first time in 20 years, the most impressive specimens which were found in the quarry, will be on display. The main focus of the exhibit, lies in the paleoecological reconstruction of one of the last Frasnian reefs and associated fauna in the Belgian upper Devonian. You can find all info in the catalog of the exposition (in French).
Study of the Lengeler & Steffeshausen quarries (Pragian & Emsian - Lower Devonian) Eupen-Malmedy
Geological and paleontological study of the Bocq Valley (Namur)
Project on the Cretaceous deposits from the Montagne St. Pierre (Lanaye-Visé)
Pragian Zosterophylls from Belgium