Paleontologist on stamp of Belarus
The country of Belarus
is in Eastern Europe.
It has borders with Russia
Originally part of Kievan Rus, Belarus was part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth until
the Polish Partitions in the 18th century.
After over a hundred years of Russian
rule followed by seven decades as a
constituent republic of the
USSR, Belarus attained its independence in 1991.
However, the economy of the country is completely dependent on Russia, to date.
Belarus used the postage stamps of the Soviet Union from 1917 to 1991.
The first stamps of independent Belarus were issued in 1992.
To date 2021, there is only a single stamp of Belarus that directly relates to Paleontology -
Russian Empire paleontologist Jan (Ivan) Chersky, who was born in Belarus in 1845.
Official stamps of Belarus related to Paleontology: paleontologist Jan (Ivan) Chersky
|15.05.1995 "Ivan Chersky (1845-1892)" 
 Ivan (Jan) Chersky
(1845-1892), was a paleontologist
osteologist, geologist, geographer and explorer of Siberia.
He was born into a Polish noble family, who lived in the Vitebsk Governorate of the Russian Empire,
which is now the Vitebsk region of Belarus.
Jan Chersky was also depicted on stamp of Poland
this time with fossilized skeleton of Coelodonta
on the background.
(from the Greek "hollow tooth", in reference to the deep grooves of their molars) is an
extinct genus of wooly rhinoceros that lived in Eurasia between
3.7 million years to 10,000 years before the present, in the Pliocene and the Pleistocene epochs.
During his expeditions in Siberia, he collected and cataloged over 2,500 fossils, publishing in 1888 a
large work on
Quaternary Period mammals followed by an even larger work on the Siberian mammals relics in 1891.
Other stamps to consider: amber
|22.11.2000 "Minerals" [O1]
[O1] Amber (fossilized tree resin) is depicted on
one of the stamps
Many thanks to
Dr. Peter Voice
from Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Western Michigan University,
for the draft page review and his very valuable comments.