Wallis and Futuna, officially the Territory of the Wallis
and Futuna Islands or Territoire des îles Wallis-et-Futuna, Fakauvea
and Fakafutuna: Uvea mo Futuna), is a French island collectivity in the
South Pacific between Tuvalu to the northwest, Fiji to the southwest,
Tonga to the southeast, Samoa to the east, and Tokelau to the
northeast. Though both French and Polynesian, Wallis and Futuna is
distinct from the entity known as French Polynesia.
The first stamps used in the islands were overprinted stamps of New
Caledonia. From May 1920, stamps inscribed Wallis and Futuna were used.
More information about
postal history of Wallis
and Futuna Islands on: Wikipedia
Unfortunately to date there are no Paleontology related
stamps issued by the country. Some websites and
philatelic literature mention mention the following stamp as tortoise
Although this stamp is
enscribed "Fossile de Tortue", it is not a fossil, but a highly
stylized sculpture, in volcanic rock, of a turtle with algae on its
CNRS-ORSTOM in the bottom-right corner of the stamps means:
CNRS - The National Center for Scientific Research, French: Centre
national de la recherche scientifique ORSTOM
- The French Research Institute for Development, French: l'Office de la recherche scientifique
et technique outre-mer (ORSTOM).