Mauritania
Fossils on stamps of Mauritania

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Mauritania, officially the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, is a country in the Maghreb region of western North Africa. It is the eleventh largest country in Africa and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Morocco and the remnants of Western Sahara in the north, Algeria in the northeast, Mali in the east and southeast, and Senegal in the southwest.
The capital and largest city is Nouakchott, located on the Atlantic coast, which is home to around one-third of the country's 3.5 million people.
It was a constituent part of French West Africa from the mid-19th Century until it achieved independence in 1960. [R1]

The first stamps of independent Mauritania were issued on January 20, 1960. Since independence, Mauritania has issued a moderate number of colorful stamps, usually in denominations intended for normal postal purposes. Topics range widely, from internationally renowned personages, international organizations, wildlife and marine animals, sports, aviation, etc. The French African CFA franc was in use until 1973, when a new currency, the ougouya (UM) was introduced at a rate of 1 UM = 5 fr. CFA, resulting in stamp issues in the new currency. Some stamps are surcharged after currency change. [R2]


Official stamps of Mauritania related to Paleontology: fossils

31.07.1972 "Fossil Shells" [1] 28.01.1974 Surcharged on previous issues
Fossils on stamp of Mauritania 1972 Fossils on stamp of Mauritania 1974

Notes:
[1] None of these animals are shells: rolled Trilobite, is shown on the blue stamp and brachiopod is shown on the yellow one.
rolled trilobites


Other stamps of Mauritania to consider

14.10.1986 "Halley's Comet" [O1]
Astronomers on stamp of Mauritania 1986

Notes:
[O1] The stamps from the set issued in sheets and Souvenir Blocks.
William Huggins and some prehistoric animals on souvewnir block of Mauritania 1986 On of these blocks shows astronemer William Huggins (1824-1910) on the stamp, who was an English astronomer best known for his pioneering work in astronomical spectroscopy together with his wife Margaret Lindsay Huggins.
Another object on the stamp is Ariane rocket. This rocket launched Giotto spacecraft on July 2nd 1985. The purpose of the Giotto mission was to study Comet Halley during the comet's perihelion passage in 1986.

Several prehistoric animals are on the margin of the block. The French text on the margin should explain it: 'La disparition des dinosaures il y a 65 million d'annees' that means Disappearance of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
To be correct, there are only two dinosaurs among four prehistoric animals that depicted there, two others are flying reptiles that called pterosaurs. Moreover, all these prehistoric animals, dinosaurs Iguanodon and big Sauropod dinosaur, perhaps Diplodocus as well as pterosaurs Pteranodon and Rhamphorhynchus were disappered from the Earth many tens million years before the comet killed 70% of all living animals 65 million years ago.


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