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|ID||Michel: 1524-1527, Bl. 36, 1525KB; Scott: 1430-1433, 1433a, 1431a; Stanley Gibbons: 1548-1551, MS1552, ?; Yvert et Tellier: 1527-1530, BF37, ?; Category: pF|
Photos: Jimmy Lassen, Jens Schou (DKK 5.00)
John Larsen (DKK 5.50)
Steen Drozd Lund, Tommy Kaae (DKK 8.00)
Nils Natorp / GeoCenter Moens klint (DKK 17.00)
Design: Martin Moerck
|Stamps in set||4|
DK5.00 - Pyramidal Orchids
DK5.50 - Peregrine Falcon
DK8.00 - Thyme zygaenidae
DK17.00 - Mosasaur teeth
|Size (width x height)||stamps: 24mm x 31mm, Mini-Sheet: 150mm x 70mm|
|Layout||Sheets of 50 stamps (10x5), Mini-Sheet of 4, Mini-Sheet of 8 stamps of falcon, Booklet with 10 stamps of falcon|
|Products||FDC x2, Mini-Sheets x2, Presentation Pack x1, Booklet x1|
|Perforation||12.75 x 12.75|
|Print Technique||4-colour offset, lithography|
|Printed by||Post Danmark Stamps|
|Issuing Authority||Post Denmark|
Moens Klint is a 6 km stretch of limestone and chalk cliffs along the eastern coast of the Danish island of Møn in the Baltic Sea. Some of the cliffs fall a sheer 120 m to the sea below. The highest cliff is Dronningestolen, which is 128 m above sea level. The area around Moens Klint consists of woodlands, pastures, ponds and steep hills, including Aborrebjerg which, with a height of 143 m, is one of the highest points in Denmark. The cliffs and adjacent park are now protected as a nature reserve.
|Mosasaur teeth on stamp of Denmark 2009, MiNr.: 1527, Scott: 1433.||The first postage stamp with reconstruction of Mosasaur, Poland 1965, MiNr.: 1573, Scott: 1310.|
Mosasaur, (family Mosasauridae), are an extinct group of aquatic lizards that attained
a high degree of adaptation to the marine environment and were distributed
worldwide during the Cretaceous Period (145.5 million to 66 million years ago).
Their first fossil remains were discovered in a limestone quarry at Maastricht in the Netherlands, on the Meuse in 1764.
Mosasaurs breathed air, were powerful swimmers, and were well-adapted to living in the warm, shallow inland seas prevalent during the Late Cretaceous period.
During the last 20 million years of the Cretaceous period (Turonian–Maastrichtian ages), with the extinction of the ichthyosaurs and pliosaurs, mosasaurs became the dominant marine predators.
The longest mosasaurs, based on a specimen of Mosasaurus hoffmanni, are estimated to have been 17 metres in length, but the most common forms were between 2 metres and 7 metres long, the smallest species were 30 cm only. The biggest species of Mosasaur were the most feared marine predator of the Cretaceous Period who hunted and devoured sharks, octopuses, and even smaller members of its own species.
Mosasaurs had a snakelike body with a large skull and a long snout. The structure of the skull was very similar to that of the modern monitor lizards, to which mosasaurs are related.
The jaws bore many conical, slightly recurved teeth set in individual sockets. Mosasaurs did not use permanent teeth but instead constantly shed them. Replacement teeth developed within a pit inside the roots of the original tooth called the resorption pit.
Mosasaurs had double-hinged jaws and flexible skulls (much like those of snakes), which enabled them to gulp down their prey almost whole.
Some researchers suggest, mosasaurs probably had a sensitive forked, snakes-like, tongue.
|Reconstruction of the Mosasaur in the GeoCenter Moens Klint. Image credit: Moenguide.com|
|The photos below are from the Presentation Pack|
|Pyramidal Orchids||Peregrine Falcon||Thyme zygaenidae||Mosasaur reconstruction on stamp of Belgium 2018|
|FDC with single stamps||FDC with the Mini-Sheet||Personalized FDC|
|Presentation Pack||Mini-Sheet with all stamps of the set||Booklet with the Falcon stamps|
|Inside text is here||The booklet contain a strip of 10 stamps (5x2). Example of used strip is here|
|Mini-Sheet with the Falcon stamps|
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