Fossils, dinosaurs, prehistoric animals, Natural History Museum on stamps and postmarks of Belgium
officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a sovereign state in Western
Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts several
of the EU's official seats and as well as the headquarters of many
major international organizations such as NATO. Belgium covers an area
of 30,528 square kilometres and has a population of about 11
million people. Straddling the cultural boundary between
Germanic and Latin Europe, Belgium is home to two main linguistic
groups: the Dutch-speaking, mostly Flemish community, which constitutes
about 59% of the population, and the French-speaking, mostly Walloon
population, which comprises 41% of all Belgians. Additionally, there is
a small group of German-speakers who live in the East Cantons located
around the High Fens area, and bordering Germany. Belgium is
a federal constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of
governance. Its two largest regions are the Dutch-speaking region of
Flanders in the north and the French-speaking southern region of
Wallonia. The Brussels-Capital Region, officially bilingual, is a
mostly French-speaking enclave within the Flemish Region. A
German-speaking Community exists in eastern Wallonia. Belgium's
linguistic diversity and related political conflicts are reflected in
its political history and complex system of government. [R1]
Distinguished from most of
world wide Post Authorities, the Post of Belgium issues three
commemorative postmarks for every new stamp.
One for the stamp presentation ceremony, that take place one or two
days before official date of stamp release, in the language of the town
where the ceremony is held (either French or Dutch), and two for the
First day issue (one on French and one on Dutch).
For example dinosaur postmarks from 2015
Official stamps of Belgium related to Paleontology: dinosaurs, fossils, paleontologist .
 Fossil of Iguanodon dinosaur is depicting on green stamp with face value of 1f.
Teilhard de Chardin
, paleontologist who took part in the discovery of Peking Man, depicting on
the third stamp in the second row from top
Some personalized stamps of Belgium related to Paleontology: fossils
|xx.02.2019 "The Neanderthal skeletons of Spy cave" [SP1]
[SP1] It shows the two
Neanderthal Man skeletons found 1886 in the cave of Spy in Belgium
Other stamps to consider: Natural History Museums, primitive tools
|20.10.1979 "Tourism" [A2]
||30.03.1996 "The 150th
Anniversary of the Institute of Science" [A1]
||20.09.1997 "Century of Royal Museum of Central Africa" [A2]
|19.02.2000 "World Mathematic Year"
||11.06.2018 "The Africa Museum" [A2]
[A1] On occasion of "the
150th Anniversary of the Institute
", post of Belgium issued a booklet with six insect
stamps. The building of the musuem and stylized Iguanodon depicting on
the reverse side.
Thirty relatively complete iguanodon skeletons were discovered 322m
underground in a coal mine in Bernissart, Belgium at the end of the
19th century. Since the bones were still in their original position, it
was possible to present the skeletons in ‘lifelike’ poses.
One of the Iguanodons was depicting on stamp of Belgium
[A2] The Africa Museum is recognized worldwide for its rich, varied and
scientifically valuable collections. The majority of its visitors are
unaware of the size of this heritage as the permanent exhibition only
has about 1% on display. The museum is known for its ethnographic
objects, but its natural science collections, archives and photos are
majority of the objects come from the DR Congo and were
collected during the colonial period. However, the museum's collections
contain specimens from around the world, dating back 650 million years
(for some of the fossils) to the present day.
The fossil collection has more than 18,000 specimens from Central
Africa, collected through fieldwork or acquired through donations.
The collection is very diverse in terms of types of specimen (from the
remains of large reptiles to microscopic skeletons of unicellular
organisms) and in terms of age (approximately 650 million years to a
few thousand years old).
Examples of large specimen series include: stromatolites from the
Neoproterozoic (Lower Congo, Katanga, Kasaï) ; plant fossils from the
Carboniferous-Permian (Katanga) ; fish fossils from the
Jurassic-Cretaceous of the Congo Basin ; a diverse fauna from the
Cretaceous-Cenozoic of the Atlantic coastal region (Lower Congo,
Angola, Congo-Brazzaville, Gabon).
info on webiste of the museum: 
Ishango bone shown at the bottom side of the stamp (white vertical
lines) and correspondent post mark
that used on FDC. It can be even better recognized on stamps
from the bottom side of a sheet
The Ishango bone was found in 1960 by Belgian Jean de Heinzelin de Braucourt while
exploring what was then the Belgian Congo.
It was discovered in the area of Ishango near the Semliki River.
It is a bone tool and possible mathematical object, dated to the Upper
Paleolithic era. It is a dark brown length of bone, the fibula of a
baboon, with a sharp piece of quartz affixed to one end, perhaps for
engraving. It is thought by some to be a tally stick, as it has a
series of what has been interpreted as tally marks carved in three
columns running the length of the tool, though it has also been
suggested that the scratches might have been to create a better grip on
the handle or for some other non-mathematical reason. It has also been
argued that the marks on the object are non-random and that it was
likely a kind of counting tool and used to perform simple mathematical
Commemorative postmarks and meter franking of Belgium related to Paleontology: dinosaurs
Legend is here
Other Commemorative postmarks and meter franking of Belgium to consider: primitive tools
Legend is here
|21.02.2000 "World Mathematic
Special covers of Belgium related to Paleontology: Iguanodon dinosaur
|197x "Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences"
||Cover of " Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences" [COV1]
|Service cover of " Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences" [COV1]
|Cover of " Royal Belgian
Institute of Natural Sciences" [COV1]
[COV1] Iguanodon is a symbol of Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences , fossil of this dinosaurs
depicting on covers of the institute in 1970th. as well as on stamp in 1966
and a booklet cover in 1996
[R1] More information about Belgium is on Wikipedia
[R2] Links to Belgium's post authority and stamps catalog websites are here
[R3] More information about Ishango bone: Wikipedia
Many thanks to fellow collectors Peter Brandhuber
from Germany and Kevin Nolis
from Belgium for their
help to find an information about Belgium's postmarks related to