Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals on stamps of Mali
, officially the Republic of Mali, is a landlocked country in Western Africa bordering
to the north,
to the east, Burkina Faso and the Côte d'Ivoire to the south,
to the south-west, and
to the west.
The Mali Republic was created in September 1960 and occupies roughly the same territory
as the former French Sudan. It replaced the previous, short lived,
Mali Federation between French Sudan and Senegal.
Mali occupies an area of just over 1,240,000 square kilometres and has the population of 14.5 million.
Mali is considered one of the poorest countries in the world.
Its capital is Bamako.
Mali consists of eight regions and its borders on the north reach deep into the middle of the Sahara Desert,
while the country's southern part, where the majority of inhabitants live,
features the Niger and Senegal rivers.
The country's economy centers on agriculture and fishing.
The first stamps of the Mali Federation were issued on 7 November 1959.
In 1959 and early 1960 nine stamps were issued in the name of the short-lived
Federation of Mali which consisted of Senegal and French Sudan.
These stamps depicted symbols of the
Federation with a series of fish and a common issue with some other former French colonies in Africa.
The first two definitive issues depicted the presidents were issued in September 1960.
The first two definitive issues were the presidents of the Republic of Mali:
Mamadou Konaté and Modibo Keïta, the third representing the anniversary of independence.
Until 1994 Mali's stamp represented local issues include economic activities, flora and fauna,
and traditions and were issued in reasonable quantities
Between 1994 and 2000, several philatelic agencies including Impressor SA and IGPC issued many stamps
on behalf of the country including 280 stamps in 1996!
Since 2001, Mali has returned to issuing a more reasonable number of stamps – up to 20 issues per year.
Official stamps of Mali related to Paleontology: dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals
||xx.06.1992 "Definitive" 
|13.09.1999 "Dinosaurs, Volcanoes, Rocks"
||25.09.2000 "Prehistoric Animals"
 In 1992, Mali issued a definitive stamps set by surcharging stamps from the previous years.
The definitive set of 27 stamps contained 15 regular stamps with face values from 25Fr to 240Fr and 12 airmail stamps
with face values from 20Fr to 240Fr.
Two of these stamps are surcharged stamps of Archaeopteryx
from the "Prehistoric animals" set from 1984.
Dr. Peter Voice
from Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Western Michigan University, for the draft page review and his valuable comments.