"XIV Congress the National Society for Paleontology"
Stanley Gibbons: 2710-2711,
Yvert et Tellier: 2236-2237,
|Stamps in set
||R$ 0,15 - Angaturama limai
R$ 1,50 - Titanosaurus sp.
|Size (width x height)
||35mm x 25mm
||Two Mini-Sheets of 10 stamps each
||Art-paper, gummed, phosphor coating
printed on the margins
||11.50 x 12.0
||Brazilian State Mint
||1.000.200 of each
||Empresa Brasileira de Correios e Telgrafos
On July 23rd
1995, Brazilian Post issued the set of two stamps
"XIV Congress the National Society for Paleontology".
Two "Brazilian" dinosaurs were depicted on these stamps:
- "Titanosaurus sp." the biggest Brazilian dinosaur
(herbivorous and quadruped)
- "Angaturama limai" a bipedal, carnivorous animal
These stamps were issued on the opening day of the Congress.
The following text was written by LUIZ CARLOS BORGES RIBEIRO Geologist -
Director of the Center of Paleontological Researches, Llewellyn Ivor Price,
for the stamps information flyer.
Paleontology (comb. form of Gr. palaios = ancient +
ontos = being + logi'a = study) may be defined as the science that studies the
fossils, i.e., remains or vestiges of animals or plants that have lived in
ancient times and that by special reasons have been preserved inside rocks.
Fossils are fundamental pieces for the evolution of knowledge not only
in paleontology but also in geology.
Besides being object of study in the reconstitution of life's development history, they are
also used in geology for measuring time and in the correlation of rocks packages.
In paleogeography and paleoclimatology fossils are the explaining elements, and
they are largely applied in researches on mineral substances of economic
The first finding of dinosaur fossils in the Uberaba region dates from 1945.
The paleontologist Llewellyn Ivor Price has been the major researcher of these findings.
He has worked in that region from 1947 to 1974, leaving an inestimable contribution to
the regional paleontological research and to the study on dinosaurs in Brazil.
In 1992 the City Council of Uberaba inaugurated a daring and pioneer project,
the Center of Paleontological Researches L. I. Price, located in the district of
Peiropolis, 20 km from Uberaba/MG.
During the last three years, the Center has promoted a remarkable progress of the
regional paleontological knowledge thanks to agreements and exchanges that it maintains
with national and international institutions, thus allowing a great in-flow of researchers.
The creation of its own team for the gathering and preparation of fossils has given the Center a
considerable development of its paleontological collection.
Most of the findings are from dinosaurs.
Until now (1995) three types of different ages varying from 80 to 65 million years have been identified:
among them the Titanosaur, the biggest Brazilian dinosaur, quadruped and herbivorous,
reaching up to 15 m long by 6 m height.
Along those 50 years, large number of dinosaur fossils collected in Brazil have been extracted
from the Uberaba region, reason why it has been called the Dinosaurs Capital, consequently divulging
the Center of Researches as an important nucleus of study on those animals.
Those facts led the Brazilian Society of Paleontology to choose Uberaba as site for its
14th Congress that took place between July 23-29, 1995.
The organization of that event has as objective to introduce the Center of Research L. I. Price to the
national and international scientific community.
Products and associated philatelic items
||Additional Postmark and a cover (FDC-like)
were issued for the Congress
|Example of circulated covers
When visiting countries like Brazil you should always take time to try the local cuisine.
a one-pot chicken and rice recipe, is a Brazilian favourite.
If you know how long to bake chicken breast
you can probably try making Galinhada at home.
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.