|Michel: 512-514 Scott: Stanley Gibbons: Yvert: UPU: GL10.08 Category: pF
|Artist and engraver: Martin Mrck
|Stamps in set
|DKK 1.00 Fossils in Greenland I/1
DKK 20.50 Fossils in Greenland I/2 Ichthyostega Stensioei
DKK 25.00 Fossils in Greenland I/3 Eudimorphodon Cromptonellus
|Size (width x height)
|39.52 x 28.84 mm
|40 stamps in sheet
|13 x 13
Halkrieria evangelista is an astonishing animal. It looks like a worm with two shells, one at each end of its body. It was frst found in Cambric rocks on Bornholm; only a few shells were found which, for the most part made it look like a sea shell. The fossil from the Pass of Sirius in North Greenland was collected by The Geological Institute of Greenland in 1980. The fnd was complete with two shells and it showed that it belonged to the mollusc but it did not look at all like something we know of today. The fauna of Sirius contains many strange and undiscovered animals and that testifes to a world-wide development of new kinds of life, e.g. during the Cambric Explosion 250 billion years ago, when a high amount of new complex organisms developed very fast.
Ichthyostega stensioei is one of the frst amphibians. In the geological age, Devon, the land was already green and contained different species of spiders, insects and molluscs. At the end of Devon about 360 millions ago, the vertebrates followed. The frst specimen of Ichthyostega was collected by Swedish expeditions in East Greenland in the 1920ies and 1930ies. At frst it was taken for a terrestrial toad, but later it came to show that it lived in water; however, sometimes it would pull itself ashore, where it most likely fed on insects.
cromptonellus is a small pterodactyl that was one of the
frst vertebrate to develop the ability of fying.
The specimen was found by the Carlsberg Fjord in East Greenland in the 1990ies by an expedition from Harvard University. Eudimorphodon existed in Greenland at
the same time as the frst dinosaurs (such as Plateosaurus), toads, fsh and mammals. The sky was crowded with fying insects and hovering lizards but proper pterodactyls were the frst to develop fying at own force in Sen Trias, 220 billion years ago.The mentioned fossils are to be found at the Geological Museum in Copenhagen.
By David Harper, Professor & Mona Elmgaard, Conservator
Latest update 30.10.2017
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