Human evolution and contributors to Paleontology on stamps, postal stationeries and postmarks of Estonia
officially the Republic of Estonia, is a country in the Baltic region
of Northern Europe. The territory of Estonia consists of a
mainland and 2,222 islands and islets in the Baltic Sea, covering
45,339 km2 of land and water, and is influenced by a humid
Following centuries of successive German, Danish, Swedish, and Russian
rule, Estonians experienced a national awakening that culminated in
independence from the Russian Empire towards the end of World War I.
During World War II, Estonia was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940,
then by Nazi Germany a year later and was again annexed by the Soviets
in 1944, after which it was reconstituted as the Estonian Soviet
Socialist Republic. In 1988, during the Singing Revolution, the
Estonian Supreme Soviet issued the Estonian Sovereignty Declaration in
defiance of Soviet rule, and independence was restored on 20 August
The first Estonian stamps
were put into circulation in November 1918.
From its renewed existence in 1991, Eesti Post, since 2014 also known
as Omniva, issued an average of 25 to 30 different stamps,
souvenir sheets and booklets a year, with an annual total face value
ranging from about ten to twenty Euros. [R2]
So far there are no stamp of the country that directly related to
Paleontology or Palenanthropology science.
Some stamps to consider: sequence of human evolution
[O1] This year EUROPA stamps issued with the common topic "Ecology in Europe - Think Green".
countries participated in the project issued a stamp with the
same design. Some countries issued one more stamp with their original
design. Human evolution shown on Estonian and Serbian stamp.
"On the stamp the artist shows that work made man from the ape,
but what man has done with his wisdom…? In addition to human
development and factories with smoking chimneys the stamp features the
world’s first affordable and thus mass produced car, Ford Model T"
Commemorative postal stationery related to Paleontology: fossils
Other commemorative postal stationery of Estonia to consider: contributors to Paleontology science
| 2003 "150th anniversary of Estonian Naturalist's Society" [PSO1]
|| 2017 "225th anniversary of Karl Ernst von Baer" [PSO1]
[PSO1] Karl Ernst von Baer
(1792 – 1876),
Karl Ernst von Baer on banknote of Estonia: 2 Krone 1992-2010
born in Estonia was a Baltic German scientist:
naturalist, biologist, geologist, meteorologist, geographer (explorer of European Russia and Scandinavia)
and a founding father of embryology.
He was a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a co-founder of the Russian Geographical Society,
and the first president of the Russian Entomological Society, making him a distinguished Baltic German scientist.
When the first fully preserved skeleton of a woolly mammoth brought to St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences
by Michael Adams in 1806.
The Adams mammoth is the first woolly mammoth skeleton with skin and flesh still attached to be recovered by scientists.
The mostly complete skeleton and flesh were discovered in 1799 in northeastern Siberia by Ossip Shumachov,
an Evenki hunter and subsequently recovered in 1806 when Russian botanist Mikhail Adams journeyed to the location and collected the remains.
The mammoth and its preservation conditions became central to research made into aspects of permafrost and of the Ice Age,
started in Russia by Karl Ernst von Baer.
It was Baer’s guess that mammoth corpses could survive for several thousands of years but only in permafrost.
Due to the fact that the report of Adams on discovery conditions was internally contradictory,
Baer was unable to understand whether the mammoth had been located on the icebergs/river ice heaped
on the shore or whether it had melted out from an ice-wall covered with soil.
Alexander Theodor von Middendorff on postal stationery of USSR 1965
To clarify it, he organized an expedition to Siberia, headed by Alexander Theodor von Middendorff
took place between 1842 and 1845.
One of the most important questions to be answered by Middendorff’s expedition, according to Baer, was to fix as
exactly as possible the physico-geographic and geologic conditions at the site at which Adams’ mammoth had been
found, Cape Bykovski in Siberia.
Unfortunately, Middendorff was unable to find any new information about Adam's Mammoth, as too much time is over
since its found in 1799. However, he discovered and described remnants of another
mammoth at Taymyr peninsula (at Nizhnaya-Taymyr River).
At the end of the 1850s, he began to analyse the material he had collected. He compiled an
historical review of all similar ﬁnds in Siberia concluding that, in the past, mammoths had lived in the central
and southern regions of Siberia, in climatic conditions quite similar to those of his time.
In 1866 Baer publish an article
"Neue Auffindung eines vollständiges Mammuts, mit der Haut und den Weichtheilen, im Eisboden Sibiriens, in den Nähe der Bucht des Tas"
(New discovery of a complete mammoth, with its skin and soft parts, in the ice floor of Siberia, near the Bay of the Tas)
about Mammoth, discovered by another Baltic German scientist Carl Friedrich Schmidt.
Carl Friedrich Schmidt, sometimes called just Friedrich Schmidt (1832-1908) was geologist and botanist in the Russian Empire and also known as the founder of Estonian geology, who made
several researched of the stratigraphy and fauna of Lower Palaeozoic rocks in Estonia and the neighboring areas.
In 1859-1866 Schmidt participated in several expeditions in Siberia.
In 1866 he guided an expedition of the Russian Science Academy to Siberia to describe and collect Mammoth remains, discovered at Enisej river.
In 1869 he described his discovery of the Mammoth in the article "Mittheilungen über die wissenschaftlichen Resultate der Expedition zur
Aufsuchung eines angekündigten Mammuthcadavers" (Report about the scientific results of the expedition to Search for an announced mammoth cadaver)
Some commemorative postmarks of Estonia to consider: contributors to Paleontology science
|28.02.1992 "200th anniversary of Karl Ernst von Baer" [Sp] [PSO1]
[R2] Postal History and Philately of Estonia:
- Links to official website of Post Authority, stamp catalog and list of new stamps of Estonia are here
[R3] Karl Ernst von Baer: