I found my first fossil when I was 12-13 years old, in the mid-1980s. It was a teeth of some prehistoric fish in a peace of stone. I took it to the Natural History Museum where an employee explained me what I had found. It was astonishing, because in Lviv, the Ukrainian city, where I grew up, there was no sea or ever a river. Prehistoric creatures began to occupy my imagination. I began to study them , collect fossils and stamps on the theme. After some time I had quite some fossils of ammonites, belemnites, petrified woods and teethes of prehistoric fishes and I dream to be a paleontologist.
Shortly after I finished school, my family moved from Ukraine to Israel. My life changed. Adaptation to a new country, study new language (Hebrew is totally different from Russian), complete a study at Electronic and Computer since (not paleontology). Military service, marriage and a start of career left no time for a hobby, but I still keept an interest at paleontology since and try to follow it.
At the end of 2001, I accepted an offer from German company and moved to Munich, where I live till now.
In 2010, sorting out some old books and photos, I found my stamp album. I leafed through the pages and it lured me in again. By looking in the Internet I found a lot of dinosaur stamps and other kind of prehistoric animals, fossils, paleontologists. I was really surprised by the amount of stamps issued between 1990 (where I stopped collecting stamps) and to day. Almost every country in the world issued a few, some countries even many, stamp sets of this theme.
I restarted my collection again. I collect any kind of philatelic item which is related to paleontology. I mean not only mint stamps and FDC, but also nice circulated(used) covers with stamps or postmarks related to the theme. Just to fill out albums with stamps and covers is boring me. I always try to study the stories behind them and find out as much information as possible about every new purchase. I treat my collection as a "Museum in an Album" and I only add items with some background story. Don't try to purchase every single stamp that is related to the theme. Stamps that are issued by some countries without any background, with the only purpose to separate collectors from money are avoided from my collection.
Once I restarted my collection, I tried to find some catalogue or a website that list all Paleontology related stamps and postmarks. The only printed catalogue I found, was a Domphil from 2002. A good catalogue, but many new stamps are printed ever since its last issue. The only few thematic websites I found in the Internet, provided very basic information such as: title, date of issue and catalogue number. Some did show some small images, other doesn't. That makes it difficult to me to identify them. Moreover, none of the websites provided background story of the issue.To fill out the gap and to be able to share the information with other collectors, this website created in the middle of 2011.
Collectors who share the same interest are very welcome to connect with me on
and join my Facebook-Group "Paleophilately
" , follow me on Twitter or contact me by email.
You can find me under the nickname PaleoPhilatelist on the following philatelic sites: Colnet, Catawiki and many international forums.
I also have a small store on Delcampe, where I sale some duplicates and outlets of my collection.
Michael Kogan, also known as Paleophilatelist, February 20, 2018, Munich GermanyP.S. More information about me and my collection can be found in my interview for "STAMP" magazine in April 2014.
|Do you like to stay in contacts with other,
international, philatelist who collects Paleontology,
Paleoanthropology and Geology topics ? You can join "PaleoPhilately" or "Evolution of mankind and Philately" Facebook groups, or some international philatelic forums that discuss these topics or join some traditional philatelic clubs, "Arbeitsgemeinschaft Bergbau und Geowissenschaften e. V". or "Biophilately" study unit of American Topical Association, for example,.
"Arbeitsgemeinschaft Bergbau und Geowissenschaften e. V" is German based club with over 130 members from two dozen countries of the wold, such as: Germany, France, the Netherlands, South Africa etc. The club issue three magazines a year with list of new stamps, covers and postmarks of Geology, Paleontology and Paleoanthropology topics as well as some articles mostly om German, but some are also on English. Here is short presentation about the club. Covers and contents of some latest magazines can be seen here.
"Biophilately" is USA based club with several hundreds members from many countries wold, issue its magazine every three months, with list of new stamps, covers and postmarks of all Biology realted topics, include Paleontology. Admin of this site is also associated editor of Paleontology division of the club.Here is short presentation about the club