Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, National History
Museum, contributors to Paleontology science on stamps of Chile
, officially the Republic of Chile, is a South American country occupying
a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west.
It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia
to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south.
Chilean territory includes the Pacific islands of Juan Fernández, Salas y Gómez, Desventuradas, and Easter Island in Oceania.
Chile also claims about 1,250,000 square kilometers of Antarctica, although all claims are suspended under the Antarctic Treaty.
Chile has produced stamps for national use since 1853.
The first stamps of Chile were inscribed Colon Chile.
In 1894, Chile was one of the few countries to issue a stamp for the Avis de réception service.
So far only one stamps set of prehistoric animals issued in Chile.
Official stamps of Chile related to Paleontology: dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals
|15.10.2000 "Prehistoric animals"
Other stamps to consider
|16.08.1954 "The 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Ignacy Domeyko" [A1]
||22.08.1968 "Juan Molina" [A2]
||14.09.1980 "The 150th Anniversary of National History Museum" [A3]
|11.04.2002 "The 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Ignacy Domeyko" [A1]
(31 July 1802 – 23 January 1889),
was a Polish geologist, mineralogist and educator, who spent most of his life, and died, in his adopted country, Chile.
Domeyko was not particularly interested in paleontology
but found fossils during his work.
He occasionally sent these fossils to French Naturalists for study.
were mainly studied by Alcide Charles Victor Marie Dessalines d’Orbigny who
named some of these fossils after their discoverer.
For example, d”Orbigny named fossil species Nautilus domeykus
and Ammonites domeykanus
These fossils are either on exhibit or archived at the Museum of Natural History in Paris together with d’Orbigny’s notes.
[A2] Juan Ignacio Molina
(June 24, 1740 – September 12, 1829) was a Spanish later Chilean Jesuit
priest, naturalist, historian, botanist, ornithologist and geographer.
As early as 1787 Molina mentioned the possibility of South America being populated from south Asia through the "infinite island chains"
of the Pacific while North America could have been populated from Siberia.
He also wrote several books about Natural History of Chile.
[A3] Chilean National Museum of Natural History
, has twelve permanent exhibits.
One of them is Mesozoic era
vertebrates, including a specimen of Carnotaurus sastrei
The museum has five departments are botany, zoology, entomology, anthropology, and paleontology
Claudio Guy, founder of the museum shown on the right stamp of the stripe.
[A4] Joint issue with Poland
Stamp of very similar design issued in Poland on 3rd
Many thanks to
Dr. Peter Voice
from Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Western Michigan University,
for the draft page review and his very valuable comments.