Montserrat

Fossils and reconstruction of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, famous paleontologist Richard Owen, Charles Darwin, flint tools on stamps and postmarks of Montserrat

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Montserrat is a Caribbean island—specifically in the Leeward Islands, which is part of the chain known as the Lesser Antilles, in the British West Indies. It is a British Overseas Territory (BOT).
Montserrat measures approximately 16 km long and 11 km wide, with approximately 40 km of coastline. Montserrat is nicknamed The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean both for its resemblance to coastal Ireland and for the Irish ancestry of many of its inhabitants.
English and Irish colonists from St. Kitts first settled on Montserrat in 1632; the first African slaves arrived three decades later. The British and French fought for possession of the island for most of the 18th century, but it finally was confirmed as a British possession in 1783. [R1]

Montserrat, a British Overseas Territory, formerly issued stamps concurrently with the Leeward Islands until they were withdrawn in 1956. [R2]


Official stamps of Montserrat related to Paleontology: fossils and reconstruction of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, famous paleontologist Richard Owen, Charles Darwin

01.08.1992 "100th Anniversary - Death of sir Richard Owen 1804-1892" [1] 06.05.1994 "Aquatic Dinosaurs" [2] 28.07.2009 "200th birth anniversary of Charles Darwin"
Dinosaurs and Sir Richard Owen on stamps of Montserrat 1992 Aquatic Dinosaurs, prehistoric reptile on stamps of Montserrat 1994 Charles Darwin on stamps of Montserrat 2009

Notes:
[1] Dimetrodon is not a dinosaur.
According to stampedout: The title 'Prehistoric Montserrat' on the miniature sheet is misleading, the island is geologically very recent.

[2] "Aquatic Dinosaurs" is a nonsense, Dinosaurs are terrestrial animals per definition. None of the animals shown on the stamps is dinosaur:
  • Elasmosaurus is a genus of plesiosaur with an extremely long neck that lived during the Late Cretaceous period (Campanian stage), 80.5 million years ago.
  • Plesiosaurus is a genus of extinct, large marine sauropterygian reptile that lived during the early part of the Jurassic Period.
  • Nothosaurus is an extinct genus of sauropterygian reptile from the Triassic period, approximately 240-210 million years ago.
  • Mosasaurus are extinct carnivorous aquatic lizards. It existed in the late Cretaceous period, between about 70 and 66 million years ago.



Other stamps of Montserrat to consider: amber

31.01.2013 "Minerals of the World" [A1]
Amber and minerals stamps of Montserrat 2013

Notes:
[A1] Amber (fossilized tree resin) shown on a stamp with turquoise background - the first row in the left corner.



Commemorative postmarks of Montserrat related to Paleontology: prehistoric animals and their footprints

01.08.1992 "100th Anniversary - Death of Sir Richard Owen 1804-1892" [1] [FDC] 14-30.11.1993 "Dinosaurs" [PM1] [Sp] 06.05.1994 "Aquatic Dinosaurs" [2] [FDC]
Dinosaur footprint on commemorative postmark of Montserrat 1992 Dinosaur on commemorative postmark of Montserrat 1993 Prehistoric animal on commemorative postmark of Montserrat 1994

Notes:
[PM1] The postmark was issued for the stamps show in Göteborg in Sweden.
Probably, the Post of Montserrat presented their dinosaur stamps from the previous year there.


References:
  •   [R1] Montserrat: Wikipedia, WikiTravel FlagCounter
  •   [R2] Postal History and Philately of Montserrat: Wikipedia,
              Links to official website of the Post Authority, stamp catalog and a list of new stamps of Montserrat are here

Acknowledgements:
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.


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