Post by paleophilatelist on Aug 26, 2013 5:45:49 GMT -5
09.08.1946 , with this American FDC, and that the theme 'Prehistoric life in Philately' was born on this date. On this date, a stamp was issued to celebrate the centenary of the Smithsonian Institution. The stamp shows the Smithsonian's buildings in Washington (Actually this stamp itself can be consider as a stamp of paleontologic thematic as the Institute has very large Paleobiology Department ). As illustration on the left side of the FDC shows a sauropod, most likely a Diplodocus.There are some variation of this FDC envelope, quite many various illustration are used at left side .
Feb. 7 1996 another stamp with correspondent FDC has been issued at USA to sign 150 years of the institute. This time Tyrannosaur is depicted on the left side
"The United States Postal Service has a rule: A person must be dead for at least ten years before they can appear on a stamp," says artist James Gurney. "Dinosaurs have been dead for 65 million years, so they definitely qualify!"
In the 150-year history of the U.S. postage stamp, dinosaurs have been featured only twice. So you can imagine how thrilled James Gurney was to be selected to create the art for the dino stamps--"The World of Dinosaurs"--released May 1, 1997, by the U.S. Postal Service.
Gurney was chosen to create "The World of Dinosaurs" stamps by members of a special U.S. Postal Service committee. The committee asked Gurney to produce a scene that would include four dinosaur stamps. Gurney chose four dinosaurs that actually would have lived at the same time in North America. In September 1995, he quickly sketched a design that included the head of a T. rex and the bodies of three other dinosaurs.
Members of the stamp committee loved Gurney's sketch, so they asked him to do a new sketch that would include more dinosaur stamps. In January 1996, Gurney drew up a new design that included two scenes, each with five dinosaurs. One scene showed dinosaurs of North America during the Cretaceous period; the other showed dinosaurs of the Jurassic period.
The stamp is based on picture published by Henry Fairfield OSBORN in "Proboscidea. A monograph of the discovery, evolution, migration and extinction of the mastodonts and elephants of the world. Vol . 2, Stegodontoidea, Elephantoidea." , issued in New-York, USA in 1942. (1st edition of the book from 1936, 878 pages, can be downloaded from Open Library web siite)
1856 was found in the Neander Valley near Dsseldorf remains of the skull and other skeletal parts of a Urmenschenart, which was then named after the place "Neanderthal". The news was a worldwide sensation. The comparison with other finds of similar fossils showed that the Neanderthals about 130,000 years ago from lived until about 30,000 years ago. But they were not direct ancestors of modern man (Homo sapiens), but a parallel, independent of men. Her body was built stronger than that of modern humans. Neanderthals lived in communities and used tools and hunting weapons. Why they became extinct, is still not known.
On September 4, 2008, the German Post AG has released in their stamp series "For the Youth 2008" is now 4 stamps with dinosaur motifs. The four illustrated dinosaur Plateosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops and Diplodocus sin all together in Frankfurt's Senckenberg Museum to see.
Both Mint and self adhesive stamps are on the cover (50gr post tariff )
The museum of Nature Science (Das Museum fr Naturkunde ) in Berlin is one of the bigest and important museums of the type in a world. Spectacular exponat of the museum is 14 meter high the bigest dinosaur skeleton of the world (see on the stamp). More than 1.5 Milion visitors a year visit an exhibitions of the museum with a main focus on history of the Earth and the Life on it, variation of the Life as well as Meteorit research.
Many scientiest are use about 30 milion items strored in the museum, related to zoology, paleontology, and mineralogy for their researches.
The major exponta of "Evolution in action" exhibition is original, unique and famous fossil of prehistoric bird "Archaeopteryx lithographica" - one of the most important fossils of the world.
Post by paleophilatelist on Aug 29, 2013 1:53:34 GMT -5
STAMPMANIA 2009 First National One Frame Philatelic Exhibition, took place 17-20 December 2009, Vadodara. There are several special covers issued on the event. One of them is below Commemorating Balasinor Dinosaur Park
"In the early 1980s, palaeontologists stumbled upon dinosaur bones and fossils during a regular geological survey of this mineral-rich area. The find sent ripples of excitement through neighbouring villages and many residents picked up fossilised eggs, brought them home and worshipped them. Since then excavations have thrown up a veritable trove of dinosaur remains—eggs, bones, a skeleton which is now kept in a Calcutta (Kolkata) museum—bringing hordes of scientists and tourists to Balasinor.
Piecing together the evidence in Balasinor, researchers now believe that Gujarat is home to one of the largest clutch of dinosaur hatcheries in the world. At least 13 species of dinosaurs lived here, possibly for more than 100 million years until their extinction some 65 million years ago. The soft soil made hatching and protecting eggs easier for the animals. So well-protected are the fossilised eggs found here that many researchers call them the best-preserved eggs in the world after the ones found in Aix-en-Provence in France." from Wikipedia
Post by paleophilatelist on Aug 29, 2013 1:54:22 GMT -5
Usually I don't add covers cancelled on various exhibition to my collections. If I do it will explode my collection as there are many fossils and minerals exhibitions around the world which take place regularly. However, I buy some of such covers from time to time. There are 4 exceptions above. Three small covers are produced by Palaeontology Museum of Munich (where I live last 11 years and visit the museum from time to time). The last one, cancelled in 2010, has personalized stamp depict most famous German dinosaur - Plateosaurus. The stamp is produced by Museum Auberlehaus and shows a head of a dinosaur skeleton of the museum.
Press release note of the stamp can be read, on German, here or translated by Google
Post by paleophilatelist on Aug 29, 2013 9:34:52 GMT -5
Two Months ago, Russian philatelic magazine "Мир Марок" (Stamp's World), published my first article "Paleontology in Philately" Russian reading visitors of the forum can read the original, either on my or the magazine websites. Googlish is an alternative to other.
Post by paleophilatelist on Aug 30, 2013 8:30:21 GMT -5
Dinosaurs from Benin 1984, these two FDC are not official one but in USA produced
Note: Thanks to Bear for these nice covers
I was a bit confused by the following signature on the back side of these covers: "@1986 Fleetwood, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A. 1170758 Original an by Gene Jarvis"
How come that covers with post mark of "First day issue" of 1984 produced in 1986 ? An official answer is:
Dear Mr. ...,
Thank you for your email. And for your patience, I received an answer from Unicover this morning. In 1986 Unicover (the company in which Fleetwood was originally a division of.) made a deal with the Post Office for the Republic of Benin to put the first day of issue cancellation (1984) on the 1986 product.
Here is what Unicover replied:
Thank you for your patience while we researched the matter of the images you received for the Flora and Fauna First Day Covers. The covers are authentic Fleetwood First Day Covers. Special arrangements were made with the country's post or agent. They were willing to cancel with the First Day of Issue cancel after the actual first day of issue.
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Post by paleophilatelist on Aug 30, 2013 8:33:47 GMT -5
In 1986 post authority of Yugoslavia issued two stamps in CEPT (Europe) program, with a topic endangered animals. A skeleton of big mammal is shown on FDC - looks like (Megatherium), who was a genus of elephant-sized ground sloths endemic to Central and South America that lived from the late Pliocene through the end of the Pleistocene. Most cite the appearance of an expanding population of human hunters as the cause of its extinction. Two questions to community: 1) Anybody has an official release, brochure or kind of presentation pack with description of the set, especially the FDC ? 2) Why Megaterium ? As far I know, this animals lived in South and North America - fossils of the animal is not found in Europe to date.
Post by paleophilatelist on Aug 30, 2013 9:10:30 GMT -5
Croatia 1994 "THE COASTAL DINOSAUR FINDS IN WEST ISTRIA"
The dinosaur footprints discovered in Istria on different locations have not been subject to thorough investigation, such as the island of Fenoliga, the island of Veli Brijun, the Cervar Bay, the river mouth of Mirna. The Location on the sea floor south of Rovinj is the only coastal site in Istria and in the Mediterranian basin. 1994 marks the beginning of an interdisciplinary joint research project carried out by the scientists from the Zagreb Institute of Geological Research and experts from institutes and Faculties in Croatia and Italy.
Post by paleophilatelist on Sept 3, 2013 9:48:33 GMT -5
Some more covers from Kazakhstan
The first one has full set of stamps include the Block. Sent to Germany as register letter and has a custom label (the green one), as well as the label of postman who didn't found me at home (the converted yellow one, put on top of register letter label of Kazakhstan ) and registered letter lable of Germany added on the board.. This time I was lucky because no one of these labels are put over the stamps.
This cover was hold on custom as you can see on "Selbstverzollung" label and missing label of register letter of Germany. This time I was less lucky - some more lables are put over the stamps. When I tried to remove it, some stamps are damaged.
This cover just sent inside of Kazakhstan - I like full and clear postmark on it.
Some times ago I was hunting FDC of the set - quit difficult to find. At the end I found two collectors who sent me one FDC each and several covers with stamps on it.
Post by paleophilatelist on Sept 6, 2013 4:31:27 GMT -5
When I looked more closely on these covers, I observed few strange things: 1. stamps on these covers are in different currency units: a. fisrt two covers have "cm" units b. the third cover has "nowa" (means new) unit and all numbers have to "00" behind. Likely 4.00, 7.00 etc c. the last cover has units "lewa" and all numbers are after 0 2. total sum of stamps on each cover , except first two where the same stamps used are totally different, but the same additional stamp with face value of lw 1,0 is used on all covers.
By looking on post rate of regular letter from Bulgaria to Germany on Bulgarian Post Authority web site I found the price of lw 1,0 - means dinosaur stamps are used on these covers for decoration purpose only.
Post by paleophilatelist on Sept 26, 2013 10:40:17 GMT -5
Medium size cover, sent by to a fellow collector in Canada, via regular post with both most recent fossil stamps on it. Stamps on the right side are cancelled by regular (round) post mark. Two stamps on the left side are cancelled by commemorative stamps of Munich. This stamp is available all the time in philatelic desk of Deutsche Post in Munich, at one Post office only in the down-town.
Stamps on the cover: Germany 2010 "Bicentenary of Museum fuer Naturkunde in Berlin" shows most famous exponat of paleontologic part of the museum -14 meter long sckeleton of Brachiosaurus brancai. The bones were recovered by researchers at Tendaguru Hill ( 250 tonnes about) and shipped to Berlin, where it were put together .
Germany 2011 "150 years of discovery prehistoric bird Archaeopteryx" The prehistoric bird Archaeopteryx is one of the most famous fossil in the World. It was described in 1861 based on one feather cast. Later one when some completed speciments found it was very importnat evidence of Theory of Evolution. As intermediate specie from Dinosaurs to Birds Archaeopteryx has some bird and reptilie specific parts in his sckeleton. Ancestor of Archaeopteryx was a small predator dinosaur. All fossils of Archaeopteryx are founded so far are comming from Solnhofener Plattenkalken at Fraenkischen Jura region of Bavaria state, in Germany. They are about 150 M. years old. The best fossil exemplar ist stored in Museum fuer Naturkunde in Berlin.
On end of September 2006, Mexican Postal Service in cooperation with The Museo del Desierto ( The Desert Museum), presented ,for the enjoyment of philatelists and the general public , a souvenir sheet with 3 stamps of prehistoric creatures which leaved on territory of the country in far geological past: Upper Cretaceous (100 - 60 Mio. years ago ) and Late Jurassic (160 - 145 Mio. years ago ) periods.
her is a register letter with the Mini Sheet, sent from Mexico to Germany:
It is quite common, that Deutsche Post add one more label with their own register letter number. Another label, the yellow one, is added by postman, who didn't found me at home when bring me the letter.
some gutter stamps are put on special cover, then sent by regular post to me in Germany. In order to complete the post rate two more stamps are used. One of the extra stamps is Trimmus from Dinosaur set of 1993, dinosaur that is now interpreted as a member of a quite different group than when illustrated on an Australian stamp in 1993. This is a perfect example of how science works - a revision of a viewpoint in the light of new information.
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