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Poland 2000 "Prehistoric animals: Dinosaurs"

Issue Date 24.03.2000
ID Michel: 3811-3816, BL. 139 Scott: 3503-3508 Stanley Gibbons: 3843-3848 Yvert: 3586-3591 UPU: N/A Category: pR
Author Designer: Jacek Brodowski
Stamps in set 6
Value PLN 0.70 - Saurolophus
PLN 0.70 - Gallimimus
PLN 0.80 - Saichania
PLN 0.80 - Protoceratops
PLN 1.55 - Prenocephale
PLN 1.55 - Velociraptor
Size (width x height) 51 x 31.25 mm
Layout 20 stamps in sheet
Products FDC x 3 MS x 1
Paper fluorescent
Perforation 11x11,5
Print Technique Offset, multicolor
Printed by
Quantity 2 x 2,700,000 pcs
2 x 2,700,000 pcs.
2 x 1,700,000 pcs.
Issuing Authority Poczta Polska
Dinosaurs on stamps of Poland 2000

On Match 24th, 2000, the Polish Post introduced into the market a six-stamp series "Prehistoric Animals - Dinosaurs". It represents reconstructions of animals, whose skeletons were discovered in the Gobi Desert by Polish-Mongolian Paleonthological Expeditions in the years 1963-1971. Tarbosaur fossil on stamp of Poland 1980
Some details about these expeditions can be found on PALAEONTOLOGIA POLONICA web site (monograph series published by the Institute of Palaeobiology of the Polish Academy of Sciences )
The stamp on the right side is from Polish expedition set, issued in 1980 shows excavation of a dinosaur, perhaps Tarbosaur bataar, by Polish paleontologist in Gobi desert.
All of these animals, deoicted on this stamps, lived at the end of the Mesozoic Era, in the late Cretaceous period (ca. 70 millions years ago). Their skeletons can be seen in the Museum of Evolution in Warsaw (PKiN), and natural size reconstructions in the Silesian Zoological Garden in Chorzow.

Saurolophus dinosaur on stamp of Poland 2000PLN 0.70 - Saurolophus - duck-billed dinosaur of the length of 15m. It chewed plants with numerous small teeth at the end of the jaw (the front was covered with a horn beak). It had a characteristic bone outgrowth and maybe a skin balloon used for nuptial shows and making sounds. Gallimimus dinosaur on stamp of Poland 2000PLN 0.70 - Gallimimus- the biggest (ca. 5 m length) representative of (PAN), at the cooperation with the Mongolian paleonthologist, dinosaurs similar to ostrich: no teeth, long legs, and long necks, predatory; Ornithischians. It was the most numerous dinosaur living in the Jurassic Park. It was described and named by Polish scientists: Professor Ewa Roniewicz and Halszka Osmolska from the Paleobiology Department at the Polish Academy of SciencesRinczen Barsbolden.
Saichania dinosaur on stamp of Poland 2000PLN 0.80 - Saichania - representative of armoured dinosaurs, plant-eaters, of its body covered with raised bony plates and equipped with a dangerous club-like tail. It had an excellently shaped skin system of the armour in the front part of the body. It was discovered by Polish expeditions and described by doc. Teresa Maryanska from the Museum of Earth of PAN. Protoceratops dinosaur on stamp of Poland 2000PLN 0.80 - Protoceratops - very popular in numerous uncovered rocks from the Cretaceous period in Mongolia and China. A primitive horny dinosaur resembling its bigger cousins (e.g. triceratops) with the bony collar at the rear of the head and a curvy beak. The four-leg plant eater was 2 m long. It lived in herds in dry, desert places.
Prenocephale dinosaur on stamp of Poland 2000PLN 1.55 - Prenocephale - the first representative of thick-head dinosaurs (pachycefalosaurus) discovered outside North America. Thickened bones at the top of the skull probably protected the small brain during horning the heads during nuptial fights. The dinosaur was almost 2m long. It was described by doc. Teresa Maryanska and Professor Halszka Osmolska. Velociraptor dinosaur on stamp of Poland 2000PLN 1.55 - Velociraptor- known, e.g., from the film Jurassic Park. An agile predatory dinosaur from the group of dromesaurs, of the body length of almost 2m, it was a close relative of birds. Velociraptor attached its victim with characteristic claws in its legs.

(Skeleton of Saurolophus , Protoceratops , and Velociraptor shown on illustration of FDC covers, Velociraptor skull is on the postmark)
Some used covers

Dinosaurs on FDC of Poland 2000

Some used covers with dinosaur stamps of Poland 2000

Mini Sheet Stamp Sheets

Dinosaurs on stamps Mini Sheet of Poland 2000

Dinosaurs on stamps Sheet of Poland 2000

References: Poczta Polska


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