End of Septemer 2013, after 20 yeras since issue of
anounced Australian Post about new dinosaur stamps. Similar to stamps
of 1993 this issue contain six mint stamps issued in Mini-Sheet and
individual sheets of 50 stamps, some self-adhesive stamps with the
similar design, issued in booklets.
stamp issue illustrates six prehistoric animals that lived in Australia
during the Cretaceous period (around 145 million years ago to 65
million years ago).
Five of these animals are dinosaurs. The sixth,
Koolasuchus is an amphibian that persisted on this continent long after
it had become extinct elsewhere, a living fossil of its time.
left to right, the minisheet covers a period of nearly 30
years and extends from the older, polar Victoria to the
younger,v more temperate Queensland. During those 30 million
years, the most profound change that ever occurred in
the terrestrial flora took place. This was the
the flowering plants.The particular animals chosen were from Queensland
and Victoria because it is in those two states that the
vast majority of dinosaur material has been found on this
continent. The amphibian and with one exception, all the dinosaurs
depicting, have never previously been illustrated on stamps.
Timimus, a dinosaur that is now interpreted as a
a quite different group thanvwhen illustrated on an Australian stamp in
1993. This is a perfect example of how science works - a
revision of a
viewpoint in the light of new information.
is a genus of small coelurosaurian theropod dinosaur from the Early
Cretaceous of Australia. It was originally identified as an
ornithomimosaur, but now it is thought to be a different kind of
theropod, possibly a tyrannosauroid or unenlagiine.
This istamps have been
developed with the assistance of palaeontologists at the Museum of
Victoria and expert dinosaur illustrator, James Gurney
(New York, USA),
who already made some dinosaur stamps for USA's
Post in 1997
The "Australia's Age of Dinosaurs" stamp issue was not the
scenic dinosaur minisheet that Australia Post produced. Artist Peter
Trusler created this landmark stamp scene in 1993, called "Australia's Dinosaur Era
This was one of the ancestors of the current stamp issue, as well as
for the "World of Dinosaurs" stamps, which James Gursey
created for the USA four years later.
from many other stamp illustrators, who are not really care how
realistic their prehistoric creature are looks, James Gurney spent much
effort to paint his images as realistic as possible. Short film about
his wotk on the stamps is below.