Fossils on stamps of Sri Lanka
, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
(formerly known as Ceylon), is an island country in South Asia located about 31 km off the
southern coast of India
Sri Lanka has maritime borders with India to the northwest and
to the southwest.
Sri Lanka's documented history spans 3,000 years, with evidence of pre-historic human
settlements dating back to at least 125,000 years.
After over two thousand years of rule by local kingdoms, parts of Sri Lanka
were colonized by Portugal
and the Netherlands
beginning in the 16th
century, before control of the entire island passed to Britain in 1815.
As Ceylon, it became independent in 1948; its name was changed to Sri Lanka in 1972.
Its geographic location and deep harbours made it of great strategic
importance from the time of the ancient Silk Road through to World War II.
The first stamps for Ceylon were issued on 1 April 1857.
The stamp features a portrait of Queen Victoria and is brown in colour.
Sri Lanka is the only country to include details in a stamp in three
languages viz. Sinhala, Tamil and English.
The first stamps marked Sri Lanka were issued on 22 May 1972.
Official stamps of Sri Lanka related to Paleontology and Paleoanthropology: fossils
|21.12.2005 "Ancient Sri Lanka"
- [R1] Sri Lanka:
- [R2] Postal History and Philately of Sri Lanka:
Links to official website of the Post Authority, stamp catalog and a list of new stamps of Sri Lanka are here.
Many thanks to
Dr. Peter Voice
from Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Western Michigan University,
for the draft page review and his very valuable comments.