Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, Natural History Museums on stamps and postmarks of Mexico
, officially the United Mexican States is a country in the southern half of North
America. It is bordered to the north by the United States
; to the south
and west by the Pacific Ocean; to the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea;
and to the east by the Gulf of Mexico.
Covering almost two million square kilometers. With an estimated population of
over 120 million, it is the eleventh most populous country and the most
populous Spanish-speaking country in the world while being the second
most populous country in Latin America.
Pre-Columbian Mexico traces its origins to 8,000 BC and is identified as one of
the six cradles of civilization; it was home to many advanced Mesoamerican civilizations,
most notably the Maya and the Aztecs.
In 1521, the Spanish Empire conquered and colonized the region from its base in Mexico City,
establishing the colony of New Spain.
Mexico declared independence from Spain on September 16, 1810.
This resulted in the long Mexican War of Independence which ended in 1821,
and which eventually led to the creation of the short-lived First Mexican Empire.
Two years later, he was deposed by the republican forces. In 1824, a republican constitution was adopted,
creating the United Mexican States with Guadalupe Victoria as its first President.
Mexico is a federation comprising thirty-one states and a Federal District, its capital and
largest city. [R1]
In 1891, the postal and stamp issuing authority was created as an administrative division
of the Secretaría de Comunicaciones (Secretariat of Communications).
It was called Servicio Postal Mexicano (Sepomex).
In 1901, the Dirección General de Correos (General Direction of Mail) was made a separate government agency.
The Palacio de Correos de Mexico has been used since 1907 as the main post office.
The Mexican Revolution and ensuing Civil Wars (1910–1920) resulted in numerous provisional
and local stamps issued by the factions in control of different areas of the country.
In 1856, Mexico issued its first adhesive postage stamps,
with "district overprints", a unique feature among postal systems
worldwide, employed to protect from theft of postage stamps.
Official stamps of Mexico related to Paleontology: dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals
 In October 2011, Post of Mexico issued a Mini-Sheet with 6 stamps with subject
"Health and Safety in Mexico".
Alfonso Luis Herrera on stamp of Mexico 2011
MiNr.: 3675, Scott: 2757a
Theropod dinosaur on background of Alfonso Luis Herrera on stamp of Mexico 2011
The first stamp in upper row is dedicated to Alfonso Luis Herrera
(3 July 1868 – 1942) who
was a Mexican biologist, author, educator and founder of several institutions in Mexico City.
Herrera was born in Mexico City, the son of a well-known naturalist.
He studied Pharmacy at the National School of Medicine, graduating in 1889 by
which time he had already published several papers in Zoology and Ornithology.
An active promoter of Darwinian ideas in Latin America, Herrera was also among the first 20th
researchers to attempt to “create life in a test tube.”
Herrera’s thinking went beyond the evolution of living beings, and extended to the question of the origin of life itself and the
place of living phenomena in the larger context of the cosmos. [R3]
By looking closer on the stamp, it is possible to see a dinosaur's skeleton
in the background.
More details are here
Other stamps of Mexico to consider: Natural History Museums
|26.05.1986 "Century of Geology Museum of Mexico City"
Commemorative postmarks of Mexico related to Paleontology: dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals
Legend is here
Other postmarks of Mexico to consider: Natural History Museums
Legend is here
|26.05.1986 "Century of Geology Museum of Mexico City" [Sp] [CA1]
[CA1] The Museum not only contains minerals, but also has paleontologic collections.
Dinosaurs and Other Reptiles from the Mesozoic of Mexico, by Héctor E. Rivera-Sylva and Kenneth Carpenter.
This overview of dinosaur discoveries in Mexico synthesizes current information about the geography and environment of the
region during the Mesozoic when it was the western margin of the ancient continent of Pangea.
The book summarizes research on various groups, including turtles, lepidosauromorphs, plesiosaurs,
crocodyliforms, pterosaurs, and last but not least, dinosaurs.
"Dinosaurs and Other Reptiles from the Mesozoic of Mexico" is an up-to-date,
informative volume on an area that has not been comprehensively described until now.
Many thanks to Dr. Peter Voice from Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Western Michigan University,
for the draft page review and his valuable comments.
- Many thanks to fellow collector Mr. Maxim Romashchenko from Canada, for his help in finding some missing philatelic stuff of Mexico.