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Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, fossils, prehistoric human, Natural History Museums, paleontologists on stamps, postmarks, postal stationeries of China

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China, officially the People's Republic of China (PRC), is a sovereign state in East Asia. It is the world's most populous country, with a population over 1.38 billion people.
China is a one-party state governed by the Communist Party, with its seat of government in the capital city of Beijing. It exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces; five autonomous regions; four direct-controlled municipalities (Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Chongqing); two mostly self-governing special administrative regions (Hong Kong and Macau); and claims sovereignty over Taiwan.
China's landscape is vast and diverse, ranging from forest steppes and the Gobi and Taklamakan deserts in the arid north to subtropical forests in the wetter south. The Himalaya, Karakoram, Pamir and Tian Shan mountain ranges separate China from South and Central Asia. The Yangtze and Yellow Rivers, the third- and sixth-longest in the world, run from the Tibetan Plateau to the densely populated eastern seaboard. China is a cradle of civilization, with its known history beginning with an ancient civilization – one of the world's earliest – that flourished in the fertile basin of the Yellow River in the North China Plain.
Many unique fossils have been found in China over the last decades. [R1]

The postal system of the People's Republic of China was established as the General Postal Administration in Beijing in 1949, growing out of the posts that had been operating for several years in the liberated areas.
By 1952 the principal postal networks centered on the capital, Beijing, and links to all large cities had been established. Great progress was made in improving the postal service under the First Five-Year Plan. Postal service was also developed in the rural areas. Besides extending rural postal routes, the problem of delivering mail to places below the county level was solved by enlisting the aid of the population. Development was slow; by 1949 there was only 1 post office for every 370 square kilometers.

For many years, China was not a member of the Universal Postal Union, and while using Arabic numerals for the denominations, did not include the country's name in Latin letters as required of UPU nations. The addition of "CHINA" to stamps' inscriptions began in 1992.

The first postage stamps on October 8, 1949, consisting of a set of four depicting a lantern and the Gate of Heavenly Peace, commemorating the 1st session of the Chinese People's Consultative Political Conference.
This issue also inaugurated the innovative practice of numbering each type of stamp issued, usually in the lower left corner.
Stamp numbers example
The practice is only followed for commemorative and special stamps, regular definitive stamps having no special markings. [R2]

Regular letter with internal tracking number Registered letter with two rows tracking number
Regular letter with internal tracking number. Registered letter with two rows of tracking numbers.
In 1958, China issued a set of three stamps dedicated to prehistoric animals: “Chinese Paleontology”. One of these stamps showed the dinosaur Lufengosaurus huenei and it is the very first stamp issued in the world to show a dinosaur!

Since 2019 Chinese Post added a sticker with internal tracking number on regular letters, in order to improve their service.
Distinguished from the label on registered letters, the label of regular letter is a bit longer and has only one row for the tracking number.



Official stamps of China related to Paleontology: fossils, dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, prehistoric humans

15.04.1958 "Chinese Paleontology" [1] 20.08.1991 "International Union for Quaternary Research" 01.11.1999 "Scientific and Technological Achievements" [3]
Dinosaur and Prehistoric animals on stamps of China 1958 Prehistoric animals and prehistoric human on stamps of China 19991 Fossil on Scientific and Technological Achievements stamps of China 1999
19.05.2017 "Chinese Dinosaurs" [3]
Chines Dinosaurs on stamps of China 2017 MICHEL Dinos - whole world catalog - contain technical details and prices

Notes:
[1] The stamp of Dinosaur is the first dinosaur stamp ever.
The stamps set "Chinese Paleontology" issued in the year of 100th anniversary of co-publication of Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin paper "On the Tendency of Species to form Varieties; and on the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection" on a meeting at the Linnaean Society on 1 July 1858 in London, UK.
In the following year, on 24 November 1859, Charles Darwin published his most famous book "Origin of Species" (or more completely, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured in the Struggle or Life).

Fossil of Anomalocaris on stamp of China 1999 [2] A fossil of Anomalocaris is depicted on one of the stamps in this set. Anomalocaris is thought to have been a predator. It propelled itself through the water by undulating the flexible lobes on the sides of its body. Each lobe sloped below the one more posterior to it, and this overlapping allowed the lobes on each side of the body to act as a single "fin", maximizing the swimming efficiency. The construction of a remote-controlled model showed this mode of swimming to be intrinsically stable, implying that Anomalocaris would not have needed a complex brain to manage balance while swimming. The body was widest between the third and fifth lobe and narrowed towards the tail; it had at least 11 lobes in total. It is difficult to distinguish lobes near the tail, making an accurate count difficult. [R4]
Various dinosaurs on perforation of dinosaur stamps of China 2017 Skeletons of the dinosaurs under UV light on stamps of China 2017

[3] First dinosaur stamps of China since 1958. All stamps show dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals whose fossils are found in China. These stamps are special:
  • The mini-sheets show a wide number of sheet numbers with a dinosaur silhouette printed next to them. Several silhouettes were used.
  • Skeletons of the dinosaurs can be seen under UV light.
  • Many commemorative postmarks and meter franking issued in different cities around the country.
  • Perforation on top-side of Mini-Sheets and the Block are in shape of dinosaurs.



Some personalized stamps of China related to Paleontology: dinosaurs

xx.xx.xx 2011 "Fossils" xx.xx.2013 "China Dinosaur Land park in Changzhou"
Fossils and Dinosaurs on personalized stamps of China personalized stamps of fossils of  Changzhou personalized stamps of China Dinosaur Land park in Changzhou
19.05.2017 "Dinosaurs" [P1]
Dinosaur personalized stamps of China 2017 Dinosaur personalized stamps of China 2017

Notes:
[P1] issued together with official "Chinese Dinosaur" stamps and sold with some souvenir stuff.


Other stamps of China to consider: Natural History Museums, contributors to Paleontology science.

01.04.1959 "Museum of Natural History" 01.12.1962 "Scientists of Ancient China" [O1] 09.11.2002 "Museums of China" [O2]
Museum of Natural History on stamps of China 1959 Scientists of Ancient China on stamps of China 1962 Museums of China on stamps of China 2002
01.05.2004 "Danxia Mountain" [O3]
Danxia Mountain on stamps of China 2004

Notes:
[O1] Two stamps with face value of 10f are dedicated to Shen Kua (1031-1095). Shen Kuo devised a geological hypothesis for land formation (geomorphology), based upon findings of inland marine fossils, knowledge of soil erosion, and the deposition of silt. He also proposed a hypothesis of gradual climate change, after observing ancient petrified bamboo that were preserved underground in a dry northern habitat that would not support bamboo growth during his time. [R6]
Tianjin Natural History Museum on stamp of China 2002
[O2] One of the stamps shows building of the Tianjin Natural History Museum.
The museum located at the west end of Machang Road, was set up in 1914 by a French missionary and opened in 1927, with the previous name as Beijiang Museum. It acquired the present name in 1957.
The museum specializes in paleontological and paleoanthropological fossils. The collections include over 380,000 specimens and key collections cover the paleontology of the late period of the Chinese Cenozoic. These Cenozoic fossils include ancient mammals excavated from the Yushe Basin of Shanxi Province, the Qingyang Basin of the Gansu Province, the Yang Yuanni Basin of the Hebei Province, and from Inner Mongolia. As specimens of these animals are rare outside of China, the collections of the Tianjin Natural History Museum are an important collection for the study of these organisms. The museum has 4 major exhibits – with displays on Animals, Paleontology, Plants and Paleoanthropology. Other fossils on display include ancient reptiles and mammals, insects and aquatic organisms. [R9]
Skull of Maba Man on illustration of John Hawk and stamp of Hong Kong 2014
The skull of Maba Man as illustrated by Dr. John Hawk. Dr. Hawk is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The slide is part of a series of slidesEvolution of mankind and philately” prepared by Philatelist Peter Brandhuber.

[O3] Danxia Mountain was inscribed as part of the China Danxia World Heritage Site in 2010 because of its unique geographical in formations and spectacular scenery.
The Danxia area is formed from a reddish sandstone which has been eroded over time into a series of outcrops surrounded by spectacular cliffs and many unusual rock formations known as Danxia landform.
Danxia Mountainhas a long development history with plentiful scenes and sights of cultural interest.
Our ancestors used to live near Danxia Mountain long time ago. Skull fossils of famous Maba Man found in the southwest of Danxia basin.
The skull pieces were found in June 1958 in a cave in Lion Rock, near the town of Maba, in Guangdong province, China. Its age estimated between 200.000 and 300.000 years old and was labeled an intermediate in form between Homo erectus and Homo sapiens. [R5]


Post stationery of China related to Paleontology: fossils, dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, prehistoric humans.

19.10.1989 "60th Anniversary of the Discovery of the first skull of Peking Man" [PS1] 2002 "Dinosaur of Zhu Cheng - World's Largest Duck-billed Dinosaur Fossil" [PS2] 27.06.2004 "The first International Conference on Geoparks" [PS3]
Peking man on postal stationery of China 1989 Duck billed dinosaur fossil on commemorative postal stationery of China 2002 dinosaur fossil on commemorative postal stationery of China 2004
2007 "China Dinosaur Land park at Changzhou" [PS4] 2007 "China Dinosaur Land park in Changzhou" [PS4] 2008 "Sinosauropteryx" [PS5]
Duck billed dinosaur fossil on commemorative postal stationery of China 2007 dinosaurs on postal stationery of China 2007 Sinosauropteryx on postal stationery of China 2008
2011 "Zigong Dinosaur Museum" 2018 "The Centenary of the discovery of Zhoukoudian site" 2020 "Dinosaur of Zhu Cheng - World's Largest Duck-billed Dinosaur Fossil" [PS2]
Huayangosaurus on postal stationery of Zigong Dinosaur Museum, China 2011 Peking man on postal stationery of China 2018 Shantungosaurus dinosaur fossil on commemorative postal stationery of China 2020

Notes:
[PS1] Commemorative pre-stamped envelope "60th Anniversary of the Discovery of the first skull of Peking Man" with imprinted stamp of Peking Man.
The following text is written on its reverse side:

60th anniversary of the discovery of the first skull of Peking Man

The first skull of Peking Man (Homo erectus pikenesis) was discovered by Pei Wenzhong (1904-1982), a Chinese scientist on December 2 1929 at Zhoukoudian, Fangshan Country, 48 kilometer southwest of Beijing.
Peking Man is an important link in the evolution of mankind.
And "from ape to man" is a major chapter in the study of the materialistic conception of history of Marxism.
The discovery of the first skull of Peking Man is a great contribution to the research of the evolution of mankind.
On October 19, 1989, the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications issued this commemorative pre-stamped envelope. The stamp on the envelope features a bust of female of Peking Man and the cachet shows a living scene of Peking Man.


[PS2] The postal stationery "Shantungosaurus dinosaur of Zhu Cheng - World's Largest Duck-billed Dinosaur Fossil".
The imprinted stamp shows the dinosaur's skeleton mounted in the museum of Zhucheng Cretaceous Dinosaur Geo-park. [R3]
There are many covers with this imprinted stamp. The cachet on the most of these covers shows some buildings and landscapes, but one postal stationery shows a skeleton of the dinosaur on the cachet.
Similar postal stationary was issued at the end of 2020, with a reconstruction of the dinosaur instead of its fossils depicted on the cachet. The imprinted stamp has the same design but different face value. The stamp from 2002 has a value of 0.80 when the stamp 2020 has a value of 1.20. According to the text on the reverse side of the cover, the new face value was introduced in 2009.
The reverse side of the cover from 2002 has the following text:

dinosaur fossil of China Zhu Cheng is the famous "Village of The Dinosaurs".
The world's biggest duck-billed dinosaur fossil was discovered here.
It has the height of 9.1m and 16.6m in length.
It lived approximately 70 MY ago and it was amphibious.
It has such a name because of its flat and wide bill, similar to a duck.
Since its discovery in 1964, Zhu Cheng already has 4 of the dino fossils displayed in Beijing, Tian Jing, Ji Nan and Zhu Cheng.

Shantungosaurus, meaning "Shandong Lizard", is a genus of saurolophine hadrosaurid dinosaurs who lived during the Late Cretaceous Period (100-65 million years ago) on the territory of modern China.
There is only one species of the dinosaur - Shantungosaurus giganteus, the largest Hadrosaur known to date.
First described in 1973, Shantungosaurus is known from over five incomplete skeletons. Chinese scientist Xing Xu and his colleagues indicate that Shantungosaurus is very similar to and shares many unique characters with Edmontosaurus, forming an Asian node of EdmontosaurusShantungosaurus clade, based on the new materials recovered in Shandong. [R7]


[PS3] Commemorative pre-stamped envelope "The first International Conference on Geoparks" with imprinted stamp that shows an ornithopod dinosaur inside, very likely the same Duck-billed Dinosaur from Zhu Cheng formation as imprinted on post stationery from 2002.
The following text is written on its reverse side: Imprinted stamp of China postal stationery The fisrt International Conference on Geoparks Geoparks 2004

The first International Conference on Geoparks was held in Beijing, China from June 27 to 29th, 2004.

The theme of the Conference was "the Protection and the Sustainable Development of the Geological Heritages". At the conference the delegates from various countries exchanged their experiences in protecting geological heritage and building geoparks so as to push forward the sound development of global geoparks, to promote man-land harmony and to protect our earth better. This conference was an important milestone in the history of developing global geoparks.
In commemoration of the First International Conference on Geoparks, the State Post Bureau issued a commemorative pre-stamped envelope.

[PS4] In 2007 State Post Bureau of China issued several postal stationeries (pre-stamped post cards and pre-stamped commemorative envelope) with title "China Dinosaur Land park in Changzhou".
Both, imprinted stamp and illustration (cachet) of the pre-stamped envelope (C5 size) shows an entrance of the park with models of some dinosaurs in the front.

Imprinted stamp on postcard attached to entrance ticket of China Dinosaur land theme park at Changzhou shows four very recognizable prehistoric animals, three dinosaurs: (Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, Brachiosaurus) and pterosaur Pteranodon.
The same design was used for one of postmarks issued in 2017 on the same date as the Chinese Dinosaur stamps above. At least five varieties of this postcard were issued with the same stamp.

Note: the are a lot of pre-stamped post cards issued in China in latest years that shows fossils or reconstructions of prehistoric animals on a face side, with "standard" imprinted stamps at domestic rate on the reverse, as shown on the right.
Set of 8 pre-stamped post cards "The Cretaceous Park in China" from 2003, that shows various fossils discovered at Liaoning province of China.
Even though such post cards might be considered by some collectors they are excluded from this catalog.
dinosaurs on imprinted stamp of postal stationery of China 2007 dinosaurs on imprinted stamp of postal stationery of China 2007
set of 8 pre-stamped post cards The Cretaceous Park in China from 2003

[PS5] Many pre-stamped commemorative envelops with imprinted stamps of Sinosauropteryx were issued by State Post Bureau of China in 2008. Illustrations (cachets) of most of them are not related to Paleontology at all. Only three covers with fossils or reconstruction of Sinosauropteryx on its illustrations are known. The following text is written on (on Chinese) the reverse side of these pre-stamped covers:

Sinosauropteryx

Sinosauropteryx on imprinted stamp of China postal stationery 2008 Sinosauropteryx lived approximately 125 million years ago during the Early Cretaceous period. The fossil was found and described in 1996 at Zhao Yang, China. It was the first dinosaur to be found with evidence of feathers.
Sinosauropteryx is currently classified as a member of the family Compsoghathidae in the Theropod dinosaurs.
They are categorized as Compsognathidae in the Theropod suborder.
The Sinosauropteryx was the size of a chicken.
Its head was large, the upper and lower jaws were full of razor sharp teeth, similar to a saw. The front limbs were short, the tail was surprisingly long. It’s skin was covered in filamentous feathers from head to toe, it was considered the most primitive form of feathers. Its discovery strongly supported the hypothesis that birds originated from Theropod dinosaurs


Commemorative covers related to Paleontology: fossils, dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals

10.09.2001 "The Paleontological Fossils in the West of Liaoning province of China" [Cov1] 09.11.2002 "Tianjin Natural History Museum" [O2] [Cov2] 19.05.2017 "Chinese Dinosaurs [3] [FDC] [Cov3]
Commemorative cover The Paleontological Fossils in the West of Liaoning province of China Tianjin Natural History Museum on commemorative cover of China 2002 Yangchuanosaurus shangyouensis and Mamenchisaurus hochuanensis on commemorative cover of China 2017
2017 "Chinese Dinosaurs" [3] [FDC] 2019 "Paleontologic Museum of China in Beijing" 2020 "Zhoukoudian site"
Commemorative cover of Paleontologic Museum of China in Beijing Commemorative cover of Paleontologic Museum of China in Beijing Commemorative cover of Paleontologic Museum of China in Beijing

Notes:
Commemorative cover The Paleontological Fossils in the West of Liaoning province of China [Cov1] Often offered on the Internet as "FDC" with stamp of modern fish and postmark 'Fossil of Liaoning, China" that shows some fish, perhaps a prehistoric one.
This cover also includes a slab of rock with a unique embedded fossil fish.
An origin certificate is included inside the cover – which shows through the green window on the left side of the cover.
The following text is written on its reverse side:

The Paleontological Fossils in the West of Liaoning province of China
The fossils discovered in Jehol biocoenosis of Liaoxi, Chuna include those of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, invertebrates, insects and plants. (About 135 million years ago) The great variety and elegant reservation of the fossils here are well known to the world. Especially the discovery of ancient birds, feathered dinosaurs and primary angiosperm shocks the world.
In order to protect and use the precious legacy of China and the world, the inlaid cover was made of paleontological fish fossils 135 million years ago (from late Jurassic Period to early Cretaceous Period) in Liaoxi, China.
Designs of the cover: ZhangShiqi, Thano Xiaoning, Xiao Bing


[Cov2] Often offered in Internet as "FDC" with stamp of the Tianjin Natural History Museum.
The following text is written on its reverse side:

Tianjin Natural history Museum began in 1914 with its original name "Museum Hoang-Ho Pai-Ho". She enjoys great prestige both at home and abroad or its age-old history, rich collection and distinguished excellence in scientific researches and discoveries.
Specimens kept by the museum that include living being and geology fossils, forms 3 major characteristics. They are characterized by its rich sources in culture, collection are rich and distinguished scientific research discoveries. All the specimens have been gathered together within this museum for use in research, exhibition and international exchange.
In the interest of this legacy, the Municipal People's Government rebuilds this museum in 1997. The new museum occupies a total of 20.000m2 with the main building taking up 12.000m2. On the 28th of October 1998, it will be opened public viewing.
In the feature, we will strive to excel in the interest of scientific purposes, educate the young in natural science and cultivate a sense of environment consciousness among the people.

Designer of cover and cancellation: LiuYongjin, Issued by: Tianjin Philatelic Company


[Cov3] Often offered as "FDC" with commemorative postmark or meter franking issued on the same day with "Chinese Dinosaurs" stamps on 19.05.2017. The following text is written on the reverse side of these pre-stamped covers:
Yangchuanosaurus shangyouensis Yangchuanosaurus shangyouensis on commemorative cover and meter farnking of China 2017 Mamenchisaurus hochuanensis Mamenchisaurus hochuanensis on commemorative cover and meter farnking of China 2017
Yangchuanosaurus shangyouensis is a type of Allosaur. It is the most complete carnivore that has been discovered in China as of now. In 1976, its fossil was discovered in Yong Chuan, Chong Qing and therefore named after the place.
Yangchuanosaurus is a large sized carnivore that lived in the late Jurassic period (approximately 145 million years ago). They are considered as the tiger and lion of the dinosaur age, and they ruled the Jurassic period with their ferocity and savageness.
The scientists at the paleontology research center assigned Yangchuanosaurus as a genus, and it includes 4 species: Yangchuanosaurus shangyouensis, Yangchuanosaurus hepingensis (discovered in Si Chuan), Yangchuanosaurus magus (discovered in Yong Chuan) and Yangchuanosaurus nananensis.
Yangchuanosaurus nananensis is discovered in Nan An, Chong Qing, length of 8 meters, and is the only Yangchuanosaurus discovered in the territory of Chong Qing, but outside of Yong Chuan.
Mamenchisaurus hochuanensis is a herbivorous dinosaur, it lived approximately 150 million years ago and is one of the largest sauropod dinosaurs. It is the most dazzling 'superstar' in China's dinosaur groups. It has the length of 22 meters and body height of almost 7 meters. Its neck is extremely long, almost half of its body length. Not only its cervical vertebrae are long, which makes up its neck, it has 19 of it, the highest number of cervical vertebrae in all of the sauropods. Also, its neck is the longest of all dinosaurs (longest can reach up to 12.1 meters). In comparison to the cervical vertebrae, its spine, sacrum and caudal vertebrae are much less in number.
The two most famous species in the genus Mamenchisaurus: Mamenchisaurus hochuanensis, discovered in He Chuan, Chong Qing and Yong Deng, Gan Su. The former has Tuojiangosaurus. The other is Mamenchisaurus constructus, discovered in Yi Bin, Si Chuan. The Mamenchisaurus is a transition genus in the middle of the evolution of sauropods, an early species and genus approximately 140 million years ago in the late Jurassic period, they went extinct in the end of the Jurassic era."



Commemorative postmarks and meter franking of China related to Paleontology and Paleoanthropology: fossils, dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, prehistoric humans.

Decorating marks on postcards of Chiana In addition to many commemorative postmarks, there are also many decorative marks in China.
For example the red marks on the postcards shown on the right side. By closer look it can be seen that there are no date on these marks, but some Chinese text only.


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15.04.1958 "Chinese Paleontology" [FDC] [1] 01.04.1959 "Museum of Natural History" [FDC] 19.10.1989 "60th Anniversary of the Discovery of the first skull of Peking Man" -
1 Dinosaur and Prehistoric animals on postmark of China 1958 Dinosaur and Prehistoric animals on postmark of China 1958 Peking Man on postmark of China 1989
19.10.1989 "60th Anniversary of the Discovery of the first skull of Peking Man" 02.12.1989 "60th Anniversary of the Discovery of the first skull of Peking Man" -
2 Skull of Peking Man on postmark of China 1989 Skull of Peking Man on postmark of China 1989 Peking Man on postmark of China 1989
02.08.1991 "XIII International Quaternary Conference" - 15.02.1991 " "
3 Postmark of XIII International Quatenary Conference of China 1991 with Peking man on it Postmark of XIII International Quatenary Conference of China 1991 with Peking man on it Sauropod dinosaur on postmark of China 1991
16.05.1992 "Homo erectus" - 01.10.1992 " " - 02.12.1995 "Homo erectus pekinensis" -
4 Homo erectus on postmark of China 1992 Apeman on postmark of China 1992 Homo erectus on postmark of China 1995
04.08.1996 " " - 20.12.1996 "Nanjing - Tang-Shan Cave and ape man" - 24.09.1998 "Homo erectus" -
5 Ammonite of postmark of China 1996 Tang-Shan Cave and ape man on postmark of China 1996 Homo erectus on postmark of China 1998
26-27.09.1998 "Minerals ad Fossils Exhibition LUCCA'98"
Purgatorius on postmark of China 1998
30.04 - 03.05.1999 "Peking Man" - 04.05.2000 "Ultrasaurus tabriensis" - 25.12.2000 "Peking Man" -
6 Peking man on postmark of China 1999 Ultrasaurus tabriensis on postmark of China 2000 Peking man on postmark of China 2000
01.05.2000 "Yuanmou" - 10.01.2001 "Lu Feng Dinosaur" PM 24.01.2001 "Year of snake: fossil of giant snake from Linqu city" -
7 Peking man on postmark of China 2000 Lu Feng Dinosaur on postmark of China 2001 Dinosaur fossil on postmark of China 2001
07.03.2001 "Fossil of rhinoceros" 09.04.2001 " xx.10.2001 "
8 Dinosaur fossil on postmark of China 2001 Snake fossil on postmark of China 2001 Dinosaur fossil and its eggs on postmark of China 2001
06.03.2002 "Discovery of dinosaur's eggs" xx.03.2002 " - 01.04.2003 "Microraptor and Peking man" -
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Dinosaur fossil and its eggs on postmark of China 2002 Dinosaur fossil and its eggs on postmark of China 2002 Microraptor and Peking man on postmark of China 2003
21.04.2003 "Microraptor" - 20.12.2003 "Nanjing - Tang-Shan Cave" - 09.02.2005 "Zhoukoudian – Dragonbone hills" -
9a Microraptor on postmark of China 2003 Fossils of Nanjing Man (Homo erectus nankinensis) on postmark of China 2003 Zhoukoudian and Dragonbone hills on postmark of China 2005
18.04.2005 "Gansu bird bone fossil from the early cretaceous period" 22.04.2005 " 18.05.2005 "Xixa world museum (dinosaur eggs)"
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Sauropod dinosaur on postmark of China 2005 Sauropod dinosaur on postmark of China 2005 Dinosaur eggs on posmark of China 2005
04.10.2005 " 04.10.2005 "World animal day: Gansu fossil" 13.10.2005 "Funiushan geopark - dinosaur's nest"
Gansus yumenensis fossil on postmark of China 2005 Gansus yumenensis fossil on postmark of China 2005 Dinosaur and its eggs on posmark of China 2005
11.11.2005 "180 years since discovery of first Iguanodon's teeth (Mary Ann and her husband Gideon Mantell" 11.11.2005 "180 anniversary since first dinosaur described by scientists - Othniel Charles Marsh (famous paleontologist and fossil hunter)" 11.11.2005 "180 anniversary since first dinosaur described by scientists - Edward Drinker Cope (famous paleontologist and fossil hunter)"
12 Gideon Mantell and fossil of Iguanodon on postmark of China 2005 Othniel Charles Marsh and Stegosaurus on postmark of China 2005 Edward Drinker Cope and Sauropod dinosaur on postmark of China 2005
11.11.2005 " "- 12.11.2005 " " 21.11.2005 " " -
13 Theropod dinosaur on postmark of China 2005 Saber-toothed cat on postmark of China 2005 Fossil of prehistoric animal on postmark of China 2005
21.11.2005 " " - 01.12.2005 "" 04.12.2005 ""
14 Trilobites on postmark of China 2005 Ammonite on postmark of China 2005 Prehistoric plants on postmark pf China 2005
10.12.2005 " 17.12.2005 " 12.03.2006 "Fossil and Paleontologist" -
15 Dinosaurs and pterosaurus on postmark of China 2005 Pterosaurus on postmark of China 2005 Fossil and Paleontologist on postmark of China 2006
12.03.2006 "Ginkgo Biloba Leaf and Dinosaur (?)" + + -
16 Ginkgo Biloba Leaf and Dinosaur on postmark of China 2006 Ginkgo Biloba Leaf and Dinosaur on postmark of China 2006 Ginkgo Biloba Leaf and Dinosaur on postmark of China 2006
22.04.2006 "Yongji Liujiaxia dinosaur park" 22.04.2006 "Dinosaur's eggs and embryo from Nanyang province" 22.04.2006 "Dinosaur's fossil from Gongbouqian province" -
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Dinosaur and its footprint on postmark of China 2006 Dinosaur's eggs and embryo from Nanyang province on postmark of China 2006 Dinosaur's fossil from Gongbouqian provinc on postmark of China 2006
22.04.2006 "37th World Earth Day, Placoolithus taohoensis dinosaur egg fossil" 20.08.2006 "Funiushan World Geopark" 21.08.2006 "Funiushan World Geopark"
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Dinosaur's eggs on postmark of China 2006 Dinosaur on Funiushan World Geopark postmark of China 2006 Dinosaur on Funiushan World Geopark postmark of China 2006
19.01.2007 "China Dinosaur Land park in Changzhou" - 14.02.2007 "Changchun dinosaur" 18.06.2007 "China Dinosaur Land park in Changzhou"
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Dinosaur on China Dinosaur Land park in Changzhou postmark of China 2007 Changchun dinosaur on postmark of China 2007 Dinosaur on China Dinosaur Land park in Changzhou postmark of China 2007
01.07.2007 " " 02.07.2007 "Gansu dinosaur" 15.12.2007 " " -
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Dinosaurs on postmark of China 2007 Gansu dinosaur on postmark of China 2007 Dinosaurs on postmark of China 2007
24.07.2008 "China Lianwu dinosaur" 20.11.2008 " - 18.05.2009 "Nanyang world museum day"
21 China Lianwu dinosaur on postmark of China 2008 Dinosaur fossil on postmark of China 2008 Fossil of Dinosaur on Nanyang world museum day postmark of China 2009
22.04.2010 "New discovered fossil of Mononykus dinosaur" 11.11.2011 " 21.03.2012 "
22 fossil of Mononykus dinosaur on postmark of China 2010 Dinosaur on postmark of China 2011 Dinosaur on postmark of China 2012
22.04.2013 " 22.04.2013 "44th world earth day" 13.10.2013 "Dinosaur's eggs"
23 Dinosaur on postmark of China 2012 Dinosaur on postmark of China 2013 Dinosaur eggs on postmark of China 2013
23.09.2014 "Dinosaur from Zigong province" 22.04.2016 "Henan Long fossil (Sinokannemeyeria?)"
23a Dinosaur on postmark of China 2014 Henan Long fossil on postmark of China 2016

The following postmarks and meter franking are issued on the day of "Chinese Dinosaurs" stamps release: May 19th, 2017
19.05.2017 "Yangchuanosaurus" [FDC] 19.05.2017 Mamenchisaurus, Beijing" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Dinosaur in egg" [FDC] -
24 Yangchuanosaurus on Dinosaur postmark of China 2017 Mamenchisaurus on Dinosaur postmark of China 2017 at Beijing Dinosaur and its egg on postmark of China 2017
19.05.2017 "Tsintaosaurus and Gigantoraptor, Liaocheng city of Shandong province" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Tsintaosaurus, Shenyang City of Liaoning" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Tsintaosaurus, Laiyang of Shandong" [FDC]
25 Tsintaosaurus and Gigantoraptor on Dinosaur postmark of China 2017 Tsintaosaurus on Dinosaur postmark of China 2017 Tsintaosaurus on Dinosaur postmark of China 2017
19.05.2017 "Mamenchisaurus, Yangchuanosaurus & Pteranodon, Shaoxing of Zhejiang" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Mamenchisaurus, Yangzhou City of Jiangsu" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Mamenchisaurus, Shanghai [FDC]
26 Mamenchisaurus, Yangchuanosaurus & Pteranodon on Dinosaur postmark of China 2017 Mamenchisaurus on Dinosaur postmark of China 2017 Mamenchisaurus on Dinosaur postmark of China 2017
19.05.2017 "Mamenchisaurus & Pterosauria, Nanjing of Jiangsu" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Xinjiangtitan shanshanensis, Piqan County of Xinjiang" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Mamenchisaurus Mt Emei city of Anhui province" [FDC]
27 Mamenchisaurus & Pterosauria on Dinosaur postmark of China 2017 Xinjiangtitan shanshanensis on Dinosaur postmark of China 2017 Mamenchisaurus, Yangchuanosaurus & Pteranodon on Dinosaur postmark of China 2017
19.05.2017 "Mamenchisaurus, Changzhou city of Jiangsu province" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "M,amenchisaurus Chuzhou City of Anhui" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Xinjiangtitan shanshanensis, Yueqing City of Zhejiang" [FDC]
28 Mamenchisaurus on Dinosaur postmark of China 2017 Mamenchisaurus on Dinosaur postmark of China 2017 Xinjiangtitan shanshanensis on Dinosaur postmark of China 2017
19.05.2017 "Fossil of Yangchuanosaurus, Changzhou city of Jiangsu province" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Huayangosaurus, Hangzhou city of Zhejiang province" [FDC] 19.05.2017 " " [FDC]
29 Fossil of Yangchuanosaurus on Dinosaur postmark of China 2017 Huayangosaurus on Dinosaur postmark of China 2017 Yangchuanosaurus and Huayangosaurus on Dinosaur postmark of China 2017
19.05.2017 "Mamenchisaurus, Beijing" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Sinosauropteryx and Shantungosaurus, Beijing geology Museum" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Qingdao City of Shandong Province [FDC]
30
Mamenchisaurus on Dinosaur meterfranking of China 2017 Sinosauropteryx and Shantungosaurus on Dinosaur meterfranking of China 2017 Yangchuanosaurus and Huayangosaurus on Dinosaur meter franking of China 2017
19.05.2017 "Diplodocus, Yinchuan City of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Tsintaosaurus, Laiyang City of Shandong Province" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Liaoning province" [FDC]
31 Siplodocus on meter franking of China 2017 Tsintaosaurus on meter franking of China 2017 Dinosaur fossils on meter franking of China 2017
19.05.2017 "Tsintaosaurus, Jinan in Shandong province" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Yangchuanosaurus, Chongqing city of Sichuan province" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Mamenchisaurus, Chongqing city of Sichuan province" [FDC]
32 Tsintaosaurus on meter franking of China 2017 Yangchuanosaurus on meter franking of China 2017 Mamenchisaurus on meter franking of China 2017
19.05.2018 "China Dinosaur Land park at Changzhou" 19.05.2017 "Pteranodon, Triceratops, Mamenchisaurus, Linhai of Zhejiang" [Sp] 19.05.2018 "
33 China Dinosaur Land park at Changzhou on postmark of China 2017 Pteranodon, Triceratops Mamenchisaurus on posmark of China 2017 Sauropod dinosaur on postmark of China 2017
19.05.2017 "Xinjiangtitan shanshanensis, Nanning City of Guangxi" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Mamenchisaurus, Yibin City of Sichuan" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Yangchuanosaurus" [FDC]
34 Mamenchisaurus dinosaur on postmark of China 2017 Mamenchisaurus dinosaur on postmark of China 2017 Yangchuanosaurus dinosaur on postmark of China 2017
19.05.2017 "Yangchuanosaurus, Zhaozhuang in Shandong" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Yangchuanosaurus, Guangzhou City of Guangdong" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Huayangosaurus, Zigong city of Sichuan province" [FDC]
35 Yangchuanosaurus dinosaur on postmark of China 2017 Yangchuanosaurus dinosaur on postmark of China 2017 Huayangosaurus dinosaur on postmark of China 2017
19.05.2017 "Fossil of Theropoda, Nanyang of Henan" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Nanyang city of Henan province" [FDC] [C2] * - 19.05.2017 "Stegosaurus, Wuxi of Jiangsu" [FDC]
36 Fossil of Theropod dinosaur on postmark of China 2017 Postmark from Dinosaur Eggs station, China 2017 Stegosaurus dinosaur on postmark of China 2017
19.05.2017 "Gigantoraptor, Beibei of Chongqing" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Huayangosaurus on Prepaid Card, Beibei of Chongqing" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Mamenchisaurus, Beibei of Chongqing" [FDC]
37 Gigantoraptor dinosaur on postmark of China 2017 Huayangosaurus dinosaur on postmark of China 2017 Mamenchisaurus dinosaur on postmark of China 2017
19.05.2017 "Microraptor, Beibei of Chongqing" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Sinosauropteryx, Xinhua of Hunan province" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Tsintaosaurus, Beibei of Chongqing" [FDC]
38 Microraptor dinosaur on postmark of China 2017 Sinosauropteryx dinosaur on postmark of China 2017 Tsintaosaurus dinosaur on postmark of China 2017
19.05.2017 "Dalian of Liaoning province" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Yangchuanosaurus, Beibei of Chongqing" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Mamenchisaurus, Xinhua of Hunan" [FDC]
39 dinosaur on postmark of China 2017 Yangchuanosaurus dinosaur on postmark of China 2017 Mamenchisaurus dinosaur on postmark of China 2017
19.05.2017 "Triceratops, Dragon (?), Xi'an of Shaanxi" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Parasaurolophus, Sinoceratops, Zhucheng" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Tsintaosaurus, Laiyang of Shandong" [FDC]
40 Triceratops dinosaur on postmark of China 2017 Parasaurolophus Sinoceratops dinosaurs on postmark of China 2017 Tsintaosaurus dinosaur on postmark of China 2017
19.05.2017 "Yancheng of Jiangsu province" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Huayangosaurus (?), Xiamen of Fujian province" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Handan city of Hebei province" [FDC]
41 dinosaur on postmark of China 2017 Huayangosaurus dinosaur on postmark of China 2017 Some dinosaurs on postmark of China 2017
19.05.2017 "Yangchuanosaurus" [FDC] 19.05.2017 "Yangchuanosaurus" [FDC]
42 Yangchuanosaurus dinosaur on postmark of China 2017 Yangchuanosaurus дinosaur on postmark of China 2017
09.06.2018 "The Centenary of the discovery of Zhoukoudian site" 10.07.2019 "Microraptor on meter franking of Paleozoological Museum of China "
43 Peking man on postmark of China 2018 Peking man on postmark of China 2018 Microraptor on meter franking of China 2019
19.07.2020 "Lantian Man"
44 Homo erectus lantianensis also called Lantian man on meterfranking of China 2020



Other postmarks to consider: fossil-found places, Natural History Museums

Legend is here
02.08.1991 "Dragonbone hills" -
Dragonbone hills on postmark of China 1991 Dragonbone hills on postmark of China 1991 Dragonbone hills on postmark of China 1991
09.03.2003 "Nanjing - Tang-Shan Cave" - 19.01.2007 "China Dinosaur Land park at Changzhou" - 15.12.2007 "Nanyang Natural History Museum" -
Tang-Shan Cave on postmark of China 2003 China Dinosaur Land park at Changzhou on postmark of China 2007 Nanyang Natural History Museum on postmark of China 2007



References:



Acknowledgements:
  • Many thanks to fellow collector Peter Brandhuber from Germany (who run Evolution of mankind and Philately group on facebook ) for his help to find and identify many postmarks of China related to Paleoanthropology and who also provided me many good scans from his own collection.
  • Many thanks to Tabi Lim Py Wen from Malaysia for her help in translation of some Chinese text.
  • 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.



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