Post by paleophilatelist on Aug 26, 2013 5:51:18 GMT -5
On commemoration of Indian Geological Survey centenary on 13th January 1951 Indian Postage released The stamp shows two individuals of Stegodon ganesa, the first ever reconstruction of a prehistoric animal on a stamp.It was valued 2 Anas.Ana the olden Indian coin was in use before 1956. In 1956 Indian Government introduced Paise the hundredth fraction of Rupee the currency.16 Anas are equal to One Rupee. An FDC envelope with these stamp has been issued as well.
In 2011 the discovery of an eleventh specimen was announced. It is said to be one of the more complete specimens, but is missing the skull and one forelimb. It is privately owned and has yet to be given a name or described scientifically.
The owner kindly agreed to have it included in the list of German National Cultural Heritage and gave it on loan to the Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie for scientific study. The specimen was on exhibit during the Mineralientage Munich from October 28 to 30 2011
Post by paleophilatelist on Aug 28, 2013 7:16:02 GMT -5
just found one of my old posts, duplicated on some other forum, people who followed my on the old forum might remember it:
Smilodon / saber-toothed "tiger"
Smilodon often called a saber-toothed cat or wrongly a saber-toothed tiger, is an extinct genus of machairodonts. This saber-toothed cat was endemic to North America and South America, living from near the beginning through the very end of the Pleistocene epoch (2.5 mya—10,000 years ago). The nickname "saber-tooth" refers to the extreme length of their maxillary canines. Despite the colloquial name "saber-toothed tiger", Smilodon is not a tiger; the latter belongs to subfamily Pantherinae, whereas Smilodon belongs to subfamily Machairodontinae.
The genus Smilodon was described by the Danish naturalist and palaeontologist Peter Wilhelm Lund in 1841. He found the fossils of Smilodon populator in caves near the small town of Lagoa Santa, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
A number of Smilodon species have been described, but today usually only three are recognized: Smilodon gracilis, Smilodon fatalis, Smilodon populator.
About 2 million years ago, during the Pleistocene Epoch, the most famous of the saber-tooth cats, the Smilodon, appeared. This animal represented the peak of saber-tooth evolution. It was approximately the same size as a tiger, but stockier and with shorter limbs. Smilodon roamed all over North and South America hunting large plant-eaters such as mammoths. Many Smilodon bones have been preserved in the tar pits of Rancho La Brea in Los Angeles, California.
The saber-tooth cats became extinct approximately 10,000 years ago. During that time the last glaciers retreated north. The changing climate, the subsequent changes in plants, and the success of man were probably responsible for the demise of the saber-tooth cat.
Post by paleophilatelist on Aug 29, 2013 1:50:58 GMT -5
Fine used cover of Switzerland from 1959. The stamp depict fossil salamander.
depict fossil of Cryptobranchus japonicus designed by Stoecklin Niklaus1896-1982. Stamp face value is 0.40 + 0.10 CHF when 0.10 is donation to ProPatia. Pro Patria, officially Stiftung PRO PATRIA Schweizerische Bundesfeierspende, is a Swiss patriotic and charitable organization. Its purpose is to give meaning to the Swiss national holiday, August 1, by collecting donations to the benefit of social and cultural works of national public interest.
Post by paleophilatelist on Aug 29, 2013 11:46:42 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 8:32:53 GMT -5
Do you know what is the first philatelic object depicted Dinosaur on it ? Which country issued first stamp of fossil ? Who was the first Paleontologist depicted on stamp ? Here you can read about it: www.paleophilatelie.eu/stamps_milestones.html
Post by FairyFoot on Sept 12, 2013 16:51:55 GMT -5
Received this via Postcrossing...
I am a letter writer, snailmail addict. I send therefore I receive. I also manage a letter writing/correspondence forum called A World of Snail Mail and have a blog (link is in my profile). I sometimes post pictures on Instagram (username morgaine_does_snail_mail) Stamp themes - science, nature, postal history, maps, nice stamps.
I have found two dinosaur souvenir sheets in my "Animals" stockbook that fit here. This first one is a 1997 souvenir sheet (Scott #847) from Namibia, picturing a skull and artist's rendition of a Triceratops. What I like about this souvenir sheet is all the extra information on it.
This second souvenir sheet is a striking one. It's from Tanzania (Scott #1224), the the high value souvenir sheet concluding a 1994 set of 7 additional stamps that feature prehistoric animals.
This dorsal-sailed Dimetrodon is on a rocky pinnacle checking out some approaching pterodactyls. I think they're pterodactyls and not pteranodons because they appear to lack teeth. Dimetrodons lived during the early Permian, about 299-270 million years ago.
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