Lebanon 2002 "Sightseeings: Lebanese Fossil"

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Issue Date 20.11.2002
ID Michel: 1434; Scott: 571; Stanley Gibbons: 1405; Yvert et Tellier: 384; Category: pF
Stamps in set 1
Value 10 000 - Fish fossil (Nematonotus longispinus)
Emission/Type definitive
Issue place Beirut
Size (width x height) 30mm x 30mm
Layout Sheet of 25 stamps
Products FDC x1
Perforation 13,25 x 13,5
Print Technique Offset, multicolor
Printed by
Issuing Authority LibanPost
Fish fossil on stamp of Lebanon 2002

Between 11.10.2002 and 08.01.2003, the Post Authority of Lebanon issued 10 definitive stamps shows various sightseeings of the country. The first 8 stamps with face values from 100 to 3.000 Lebanese pounds were issued on 11.11.2002 and 20.11.2002, they look like "traditional" sightseeings stamps shows some famous buildings and landscapes.
The last two stamps, with very high face values (5.000 and 10.0000 Lebanese pounds) of the series are Fish fossil (Nematonotus longispinus), issued on 22.11.2002 and Amber with included insect (Libanobythus milk), issued on 08.01.2003.

Fossil of Nematonotus
Fossil of Nematonotus. Image credit: "The Virtual Fossil Museum"
The Cretaceous sub-lithographic limestone deposits of Lebanon is a rich Lagerstatten with an amazing diversity of fauna.
The sub-lithographic limestone deposits of Lebanon are dated to the Cenomanian Stage of the Middle Cretaceous, some 93 to 97 million years ago, and are most famous for exquisitely fossil fish preservation, but also produces a diversity of other well preserved invertebrate fossils such as shrimp and lobsters.
The stamp shows Nematonotus longispinus fish found there. Nematonotus developed a dramatic flag-like dorsal fin extension, hence the generic name longispinus. The dorsal here certainly lives up to that name, demonstrating this is an adult example. The genus became extinct during the Cretaceous. The detail in the caudal fin is remarkable; notice too the fine detail to the vertebral column. There are several partial shrimp of the genus Carpopenaeus present as well, with another on the reverse.

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