German Democratic Republic (GDR)
Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, fossils, contributors to
Paleontology and Paleoanthropology science, Charles Darwin
on stamps, postmarks and postal stationeries of German Democratic Republic
, formally the German Democratic Republic or GDR
(German: Deutsche Demokratische Republik or DDR
), was a state within the
Eastern Block during the Cold War period.
From 1949 to 1990, it administered the region of Germany which was occupied by Soviet forces
at the end of the Second World War—the Soviet Occupation Zone of the Potsdam Agreement,
bounded on the east by the Oder–Neisse line.
zone surrounded West Berlin
but did not include it; as a result, West Berlin remained outside the jurisdiction of the GDR.
In 1989, numerous social and political forces in the GDR and abroad led to the destruction of
the Berlin Wall and the emergence of a government committed to liberalization.
The following year open elections were held, and international negotiations led to the signing
of the Final Settlement treaty on the status and borders of Germany.
The GDR was dissolved and Germany was unified on 3 October 1990.
With the formation of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) the Deutsche
Post of the GDR service was established as the governmental agency to
provide mail services.
Its first stamp was released on October 9, 1949.
Stamps were to some degree used to gain currency abroad, that is some
stamps were not produced for circulation but sold directly to stamp dealers.
With the 1990 reunification, the Deutsche Post became part of the
Official stamps of East Germany related to Paleontology: dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, fossils, Charles Darwin
|19.06.1958 "Famous naturalists" 
||06.02.1973 "Berlin Natural History Museum, Paleontologic collection"
||24.10.1978 "250th anniversary of Dresden Science Museum" 
|17.04.1990 "100th anniversary of Natural History Museum of Humboldt University in Berlin"
 Charles Darwin
shown on the green stamp and Carl Linnaeus
shown on the red one.
 Frog, Palaeobatrachus diluvianus
, fossil shown on stamp with face value of 35pf.
was a genus of primitive frogs from Europe that existed
from the Cretaceous to the middle Pleistocene period (621-568 thousand years ago).
P.S. The are only few stamps and postmarks of prehistoric frogs.
The only dinosaur stamps of East Germany.
Stamp with fossil of Kentrurosarus
issued in separate as other four stamps as well as in a block of four
stamps with many fossils of marine prehistoric animals on margin.
The Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum in Berlin with over 30 million objects.
Originally designed as a three-winged building according to the plans of August Tiede, it was opened in 1889
and brought together three previously independent institutions of the University of Berlin: the
Geological-Paleontological, the Mineralogical-Petrographic and the Zoological Museum
(established in 1809).
One of the most famous dinosaur's skeleton in collection of the museum is skeleton of Brachiosaurus brancai
shown on stamp with face value of 50pf.
The dinosaur appeared on German stamp and special postcard in 2010, when the Museum of Natural History of Berlin celebrate its 200th
anniversary, as the count it from establishment of Zoological Museum in 1809 which is now part of the Museum of Natural History.
Other stamps of East Germany to consider: contributors to Paleontology
|02.11.1955 "400 years since death of Georgius Agricola" [A1]
||26.02.1980 "Famous scientists" [A2]
[A1] Georgius Agricola
was fossil collector and also
the father of mineralogy
[A2] Alfred Wegener
shown on stamp with face value of 25pf
Postal stationery of East Germany related to Paleontology and Paleoanthropology: Neanderthal,
fossils, contributors to Paleontology and Paleoanthropology science
|1982 "Charles Darwin" [PS1]
||1983 "100th anniversary of Museum of Prehistory and Early History of Thuringia" [PS2]
||1990 "Human Evolution"
[PS1] 100 years since death of Charles Darwin.
Tree of life and quote from his most famous book "Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection".
There are also commemorative postmark with portrait of young Darwin issued for this event.
[PS2] Exhibits of Museum of Prehistory and Early History of Thuringia explain 400.000
year history of the region, includes remains of Neanderthal and their flint tools, as shown on illustration of the postcard.
Other Postal stationery of East Germany to consider: flint tool, contributors to Paleontology and Paleoanthropology science
[PSA1] Flint tools shown on illustration of the postcard and correspondent postmark with
slogan "Report important founds !!"
[PSA2] "Cranial surgery". The text on the button-left side says-frequent medical
intervention on the skull of living humans in the Jungsteinstein with the help of flint tools.
[PSA3] Thomas Henry Huxley (4 May 1825 – 29 June 1895) was an English biologist and anthropologist
specializing in comparative anatomy.
He is known as "Darwin's Bulldog" for his advocacy of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
Some animals and human skulls shown on the postcard too.
Postmarks of East Germany related to Paleontology and Paleoanthropology: prehistoric animals, fossil, Charles Darwin
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[DU] "Ruebelaender stalactite caves" [Sp] [C1]
||1971-1973 [DU] "Uftrungen the biggest gypsum cave in Germany" [Sp] [C1]
"Uftrungen gypsum cave in Germany" [Sp] [C1]
Available in black and blue colors
|27.11.1982 "Charles Darwin (1809-1882)" [Sp] [PS1] /sup>
||17.04.1990 "100th anniversary of Natural History Museum of Humbolt University in Berlin" [FDC]
[C1] Fossils of Cave Bears found in many caves across Germany
Other Postmarks of East Germany to consider: flint tool, contributors to Paleontology and Paleoanthropology science
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