Study of African mammals
Our collection has 120 000 specimens (skins, specimens preserved in alcohol, skulls and skeletons). We are specialised in the study of the following groups:
- taxonomy of rodents,
- functional anatomy and in particular comparative cerebral anatomy of the large African apes,
- comparative cerebral anatomy of macroscelides.
We have used CT scanning (digital 3D reconstruction) to scan all the various types of skulls of bonobos, gorillas and striking examples such as Orycteropus (Aardvark) in our collections. CT scanning of the skulls of chimpanzees and large carnivores is an ongoing project.
We work together with other institutes using online databases such as: www.africanbats.org and http://projects.biodiversity.be/africanrodentia/.