El Salvador

Fossils, prehistoric animals on stamps and postmarks of el Salvador

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El Salvador, officially the Republic of El Salvador, is the smallest and the most densely populated country in Central America. El Salvador's capital and largest city is San Salvador. As of 2015, El Salvador had a population of approximately 6.38 million, making it the most densely populated country in the region. Its population consists largely of Mestizos of European and Indigenous American descent. [R1]

The first stamps of El Salvador were issued in 1867, printed by the American Bank Note Company. From the 1950's onwards, the country started to commission stamps in Europe and also to produce them locally. In recent years, the printing has been mostly done by the Direccion General de Servicios Graficos (the government printing house in San Salvador) and the subjects depict a combination of events of worldwide importance with local personalities or commemorations. [R2]

Official stamps of El Salvador related to Paleontology: fossils, prehistoric animals

07.09.1979 "Prehistoric Fauna from El Salvador" 26.07.2006 "Fossils from El Salvador"
Prehistoric animals on stamps of El Slvador 1979 Fossils of Prehistoric animals on stamps of El Slvador 2006 Michel "Dinos - whole world" catalog 2019. Approx. 2500 colour illustrations 
					     and about 20 000 price quotations at approx. 328 paperback pages with Novelties up to MICHEL 
						 Rundschau 1/2019 have been catalogued in this edition

Other stamps to consider: contributor to Paleontology science: Natural History Museum

30.10.1983"100th anniversary of Guzman National Museum" [A1]
Guzman National Museum on stamps of El Salvador 1983

Mastodon on stamp of El Salvador 1979
Mastodon on stamp of El Salvador 1979,
MiNr.: 1289, Scott: 911
[A1] In 1875, David J. Guzman and Darío González organized an expedition of geological investigation into sediments of the Los Frailes River, southwest of Ilobasco. During this exploration, they discovered fossils of Mastodon. On October 9, 1883, on the initiative of Guzmán, president Rafael Zaldívar opened the National Museum of El Salvador, to display the national collections related to archaeology, history and fine arts. Being responsible for its establishment and much of its content, Guzmán became the first director of the museum. [R3] [R4]

Commemorative postmarks of El Salvador related to Paleontology: fossils

26.07.2006 "Fossils from El Salvador " [FDC]
Fossils on commemorative postmark of el Salvador 2006

  •   [R1] El Salvador: Wikipedia, WikiTravel, FlagCounter.
  •   [R2] Postal History and Philately of El Salvador: Wikipedia,
              Links to official website of the Post Authority, stamp catalog and a list of new stamps of El Salvador are here.
  •   [R3] David Joaquín Guzmán: Wikipedia.
  •   [R4] Guzman National Museum: Wikipedia (on German).

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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