Brazil 1995 "XIV Congress the National Society for Paleontology"

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Issue Date 23.07.1995
ID Michel: 2652-2653, Scott: 2543-2544, Stanley Gibbons: 2710-2711, Yvert et Tellier: 2236-2237, Category: pR
Designer Etienne Demonte
Stamps in set 2
Value R$ 0,15 - Angaturama limai
R$ 1,50 - Titanosaurus sp.
Emission/Type commemorative
Issue place Uberaba/MG
Size (width x height) 35mm x 25mm
Layout Two Mini-Sheets of 10 stamps each
Products FDC x1 MC x2
Paper Art-paper, gummed, phosphor coating printed on the margins
Perforation 11.50 x 12.0
Print Technique Offset lithography
Printed by Brazilian State Mint
Quantity 1.000.200 of each
Issuing Authority Empresa Brasileira de Correios e Telgrafos
Angaturama and Titanosaurus dinosaurs on stamp of Brazil 1995

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.
Information flyer for dinosaurs on stamps of Brazil 1995

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 interest.

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

Mini Sheet Maxi Cards FDC
Angaturama and Titanosaurus dinosaurs on stamps Mini-Sheet of Brazil 1995 Angaturama and Titanosaurus dinosaurs on Maxi Cards of Brazil 1995 Angaturama and Titanosaurus dinosaurs on FDC of Brazil 1995
First-Day-of-Issue Postmark Additional Postmark and a cover (FDC-like) were issued for the Congress
Dinosaur hatching from an egg on commemorative postmark of Brazil 1995 Dinosaur hatching from an egg on commemorative postmark of Brazil 1995 Dinosaurs on commemorative cover of Brazil 1995
Example of circulated covers
Titanosaurus dinosaur stamp of Brazil 1995 on circulated letter Titanosaurus dinosaur stamp of Brazil 1995 on circulated letter Angaturama and Titanosaurus dinosaur stamp of Brazil 1995 on circulated letter to Germany

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References: Release brochure

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.

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