"Dinosaurs from Tara Hategului - Romania"
||Michel: 5908-5911, BL.
4707-4710, BL: 4710a Stanley Gibbons:
Yvert: UPU: RO011.05
||Designer: Radu OLTEAN
|Stamps in set
||ROL 21.000 - Elopteryx
ROL 31.000 - Telmatosaurus
ROL 35.000 - Struthiosaurus
ROL 47.000 - Hatzegopteryx
|Size (width x height)
||Sheet of 32 stamps
||FDC x2 MS x1
|| offser, 4 color
||Tipografia Postei Romane
Nationala Posta Romana SA
Romfilatelia, the specialized company in issuing and trading Romanian postage stamps,
releases an issue dedicated to the natural patrimony of Romania, called
"Dinosaurs from Tara Hategului"
Tara Hategului lies between the Retezat Mountains and the Sureanu Mountains and it is well
renowned for the beauty of its landscapes, but also for its archaeological and hystorical vestiges,
its old churches and its folk traditions.
The traces of several dinosaurs species discovered here add a certain special interest to this land.
The dinosaurs from Tarac Hategului are famous all around the world and they also appear in the
documentaries of the Discovery TV channel due to some peculiar aspects: they made up a last community of
herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs, just before the final disappearance of those animals, 65 million years ago.
Further more, all the species of this fauna were smaller in size compared to their relatives from other
It was this specific feature, unique throughout the world, that drew them the name of "the Liliputian
dinosaurs of Transylvania".
Their small dimension can be explained by the environment they lived in - an island about the size of Corsica,
surrounded by ocean.
Giant reptiles flew above the Liliputian dinosaurs, as a biological paradox which increases the scientific
interest raised by this fossil fauna from Tara Hategului.
The places were the bones and the nests with eggs were discovered lie near Sarmizegetusa Ulpia Traiana,
in the neighborhood of the Densus and Ru de Mori churches, of the Colt Castle and of the Retezat
National Parc, this entire mirific region of the country being at present part of a special protected area:
The Geoparc of the Tara Hategului Dinosaurs.
is one of the carnivorous Liliputian dinosaurs, skilled runners which used
to hunt in herd. It measured less than one meter in height and weighted
around 5 kilos. It may have had feathers on its body because the group
it belongs to is at the origin of birds. Its image is illustrated on
the postage stamp with a face value of 21,000 lei.
reproduced on the postage stamp with a face value of 31,000 lei, was an
herbivorous dinosaur from the "duck-beaked dinosaurs" family, which
inhabited the river-sided areas. Besides the remainders of the
skeleton, from this dinosaur are also known eggs placed in the nest and
bones of the cubs that failed to survive.
The postage stamp with a face value of 35,000 lei illustrates Struthiosaurus transilvanicus
, an herbivorous dinosaur, with plates disposed on the surface of the
skin as a means of defence against the predatories attacks. Its size
did not outrun 3,5 m.
, name which translates by "the winged monster of
Hateg", belongs to the "Pterosaurus"
group, made up of the flying reptiles contemporary with the dinosaurs
during the Mezozoical Era.
It was probably the biggest flying animal of all times, with a 3 meters
skull length and about 12 meters distance between its ajar membraneous
wings. This Gulliver of the "Liliputian dinosaurs" world is being
represented on the postage stamp with the face value of 47.000 lei.