Fossils, dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals on stamps and postmarks of Namibia
, formerly known as South-West Africa
and German Deutsch-Südwestafrika
(GermanySouth-West Africa), officially the Republic of Namibia,
is a country in southern Africa with population of 2.1 million people and a stable
multi-party parliamentary democracy.
Formerly the German colony of South-West Africa during World War I and
administered it as a mandate until after World War II, when it annexed the territory.
Its western border is the Atlantic Ocean; it shares land borders with
to the north,
Botswana to the east and
to the south and east.
In 1966 the Marxist South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) guerrilla
group launched a war of independence for the area that became Namibia,
but it was not until 1988 that South Africa agreed to end its administration in accordance
with a UN peace plan for the entire region. Namibia gained independence from
South Africa on 21 March 1990.
The first postal services in Namibia (then known as South-West Africa)
started in 1814 with the deployment of messengers facilitating
communication between the early mission stations at Warmbad and
Bethanie and later to Keetmanshoop and Gross Barmen.
This service was expanded in 1846, connecting the South-West African mission stations to
those in South Africa.
Namibia has issued regular definitive and commemorative stamps since independence.
In 1989, the last stamps of South West Africa were a set of 15 depicting minerals and mining.
Shortly before their issue in 1990, the territory gained independence as Namibia.
As the stamps were new, most of the designs were kept with only the name changed.
South West Africa
South West Africa issued no stamps related to Paleontological or Paleoanthropological science.
The only philatelic item worth mentioning is the FDC for the set “Rock Formations of South West Africa”.
Four stamps of the set shows some geologic formation of the country.
Owing to South-West Africa's semi-arid to arid climate, this territory is
endowed with excellent exposures of rock formations.
Many of them have unusual and sometimes striking forms. To the geologist their variety is
an important source of information that can be used to unravel the
complex geological history of this country.
Illustration on the commemorative (FDC) cover shows a trunk of petrified wood.
"The broken-up remains of petrified tree trunks are found in the Petrified Forest west of Khorixas
in Damaraland. These fossil trees, which are at least 200 million years
old, provide a rare record of primeval life forms that existed when
Africa and South America were still linked up in a large single continent."
Official stamps of Namibia
related to Paleontology: fossils, dinosaurs and prehistoric animals include Ediacara fauna
The Ediacaran biota
is an enigmatic assemblage of organisms that lived during the Ediacaran Period at the end of the Precambrian.
This biota has been described from locations worldwide including from the Ediacara Hills of Australia,
the Mistaken Point fauna of Newfoundland, the White Sea fauna of Russia and other localities such as Namibia and Death Valley in the United States.
Many of the fossils in this assemblage consist of enigmatic tubular and frond-shaped, mostly sessile organisms of uncertain taxonomic affinity.
Many of these enigmatic organisms are shown on the Namibian set.
Other organisms in this biota are thought to be related to modern animals – the Australian 2005 set of the same theme shows examples of
(related to modern echinoderms like star fish), Spriggina
(an early flatworm, and Kimberella
(an early mollusk). [R3]
and Namibia are unique in that they are the only countries so far to have honored Ediacaran organisms on stamps.
Ediacaran animals and plants on stamps of Australia 2005.
MiNr.: 2446-2451, Scott: 2337-2382
Commemorative postmarks of Namibia related to Paleontology: prehistoric animals
Legend is here
|27.09.1997 "The Ceratopsids - horn face Dinosaurs" [FDC]
|08.08.2008 "Ediacaran fossils of Namibia" [FDC] 
Dr. Peter Voice
from Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Western Michigan University, for the draft page review and his valuable comments.