Stanley Gibbons: ,
Yvert et Tellier: 472-475,
|Designer: CASCO Studio;
Photographs: British Antarctic Survey
|Stamps in set
55p - Lophosoria cupulatus, Cantrill - Snow Island
65p - Cladophlebis oblonga, Halle - Alexander Island
1.10 - Aculea acicularis, Cantrill - Alexander Island
1.10 - Pachypteris indica - Snow Island
|Size (width x height)
|28.45mm x 42.58mm
|Sheet of 20 (2 x 10)
|watermarked CA Spiral
|BDT International Security Printing Ltd
|The Falkland Islands Philatelic Bureau
November, 2008, The Falkland Islands Philatelic Bureau, on behalf the British Antarctic Territory,
issued the stamps set "Fossil Ferns from the Antarctic".
Antarctica is extremely important to the science of geology because it formed the centre of an ancient
supercontinent called Gondwana which also included South America, Africa,
The study of Antarctic rocks and fossils therefore helps geologists to understand the geological
histories of all the southern continents.
Gondwana started to break up 180 million years ago and the separate continents drifted apart on different
tectonic plates over the next 150 million years.
Geologists are still uncertain exactly how the breakup took place and some suggest it was caused by
abnormally hot upwellings of magma, or mantle plumes from deep below the Earth's surface.
The British Antarctic Survey holds an extensive collection of Antarctic Fossils and those featured on
this set of postage stamps are Pteridophyta
Snow Island is part of the South Shetlands archipelago, a chain of islands extending over 500km,
separated from the nearby Antarctic Peninsula by the Bransfield Strait and from South America by the Drake Passage.
Both fossil ferns featured on stamps were found at President Head on Snow Island.
Many important fossil finds have been made at Alexander Island; both our featured fossils were discovered
at Coal Nunatak.
|The first day cover design features Two Step Cliffs on the mid-eastern side of Alexander Island,
the location of a long-term research site.
Falkland Islands Philatelic Bureau (the article doesn't exist anymore),
British Antarctic Survey
Many thanks to
Dr. Peter Voice
from Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Western Michigan University, for his help to find an information for this article,
the draft page review and his very valuable comments.