the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country in Eurasia,
mainly in Anatolia in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the
Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. The country is encircled by seas
on three sides: the Aegean Sea is to the west, the Black Sea to the
north, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. The Bosphorus, the Sea
of Marmara, and the Dardanelles, which together form the Turkish
Straits, divide Thrace and Anatolia; they also separate Europe and
Asia. Ankara is the capital while Istanbul is the country's largest
city and main cultural and commercial centre.
The area of Turkey has been inhabited since the Paleolithic by various
ancient Anatolian civilisations.
Following the WWI, the conglomeration of territories and peoples that
formerly comprised the Ottoman Empire was partitioned into several new
states. The Turkish War of Independence (1919–1922), initiated by
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his colleagues against the occupying Allies,
resulted in the abolition of monarchy in 1922 and the establishment of
the Republic of Turkey in 1923, with Atatürk as its first president.
In 1863 Turkey became the second independent country in Asia (after
Russia) to issue adhesive postage stamps, and in 1875, it became a
founding member of the General Postal Union, soon to become the
Universal Postal Union. Turkey became a republic in 1923, and in the
following years, its postal service became more modernized and
efficient and its postage stamps expertly designed and manufactured.
The republic's first stamp issue was a definitive series depicting a
star and crescent, somewhat reminiscent of the Duloz issue.
More information about
postal history of Turkey on: Wikipedia
on image for detail description. Click
number to see all Paleontology and
Paleoanthropology related stamps issued in the year.
In June 2012, Post Authority of Turkey (PPT) issued their first set of
"Dinosaur" stamps. Actually there are only 3 stamps depict dinosaurs.
Pteranodon, depicting on stamp with face value of 1 TL, , is
not a dinosaur but Pterosaur. Dinosaurs are terrestrial animals per
In addition to commemorative block of 4 stamps an introductory
booklet with plastic, hologram stamp inside was issued.
Even though the plastic stamp is sold inside of a booklet it can be
used for postal purpose as any other regular stamp.
 Ankapark: one of the largest theme park in the world with a total area
of 1.200.000 square meters, including 100,000 square meters of
indoor space and 1,100,000 square meters of open space, opened in
Ankara. At the entrance of ANKA Park, the visitors meet the most
magnificent architectural examples of Turkish history. Moreover, the
world's most diverse and most realistic dinosaurs are placed at the park.