Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, Charles Darwin on stamps and postmarks of Nauru
Regular letter from Nauru, with dinosaur stamps from 2006, sent to Germany in 2022.
, officially the Republic of Nauru and formerly known as Pleasant Island, is an
island country in Micronesia in the Central Pacific.
Its nearest neighbour is Banaba Island in Kiribati
, 300 kilometres to the east.
It further lies northwest of
, north of the
, east-northeast of
Papua New Guinea
, southeast of
the Federated States of Micronesia
and south of the
With 10,084 residents in a 21-square-kilometre area, Nauru is the
smallest state in the South Pacific.
The exact origins of the Nauruans are unclear since their language does
not resemble any other in the Pacific region.
annexed the island in 1888.
A German-British consortium began mining the island's phosphate deposits early in the 20th century.
(The phosphate deposits are accumulations of guano - the excrement of sea birds)
forces occupied Nauru in World War I; it subsequently became
a League of Nations mandate.
After the Second World War - and a brutal occupation by Japan
Nauru became a UN trust territory.
It achieved independence in 1968.
The first post office on the island opened in 1905 using stamps of the Marshall Islands.
From 1914 to 1916 Australian stamps overprinted North West Pacific Islands were used.
The British government then took control of the island and British stamps overprinted NAURU were issued in October 1916.
From 1924 stamps produced in Australia were used.
The first stamps of independent Nauru were issued in 1968
Official stamps of Nauru related to Paleontology: dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, Charles Darwin
Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals on stamps of Nauru, Solomon Islands and Kiribati 2006
Charles Darwin on anniversaries stamps of Nauru 2006
MiNr.: 628-629, Scott: 549
 Charles Darwin shown on stamp with face value $1.00.
Similar stamps but of different design showing Charles Darwin and other Scientists and Explorers
were issued that same year
 "Puzzle" like issue: stamps ordered in two rows build an entire image.
Stamps of similar design issued on the same day by Solomon islands
and a month later (15.09.2006
) by Kiribati
Commemorative postmarks of Nauru related to Paleontology: dinosaurs
Legend is here
Dr. Peter Voice
from Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Western Michigan University, for the draft page review and his valuable comments.