Lebanon 2003 "Sightseeings: Lebanese Amber"

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Isue Date 08.01.2003
ID Michel: 1433; Scott: 570; Stanley Gibbons: 1405; Yvert et Tellier: 383; Category: pF
Stamps in set 1
Value LBP 5.000 - Amber with insect (Libanobythus milkii) inside
Emission/Type definitive
Issue place Beirut
Size (width x height) 40mm x 30mm
Layout 25 stamps per sheet
Products FDC x1
Perforation 13,25x13,5
Print Technique Offset, multicolor
Printed by
Issuing Authority LibanPost
Insect in amber on stamp of Lebanon 2003

Between 11.10.2002 and 08.01.2003, the Post Authority of Lebanon issued 10 definitive stamps shows various sightseeings of the country. The first 8 stamps with face values from 100 to 3.000 Lebanese pounds were issued on 11.11.2002 and 20.11.2002, they look like "traditional" sightseeings stamps shows some famous buildings and landscapes.
The last two stamps, with very high face values (5.000 and 10.0000 Lebanese pounds) of the series are Fish fossil (Nematonotus longispinus), issued on 22.11.2002 and Amber with included insect (Libanobythus milkii), issued on 08.01.2003.

The amber found in Lebanon is very old, perhaps the oldest, from the Cretaceous period or some 100 million years old. It may hold insight into environments of the past with the study of the inclusions of flora and fauna trapped inside the amber. The organisms found in Lebanese amber date back to the Cretaceous Period; a time when flowering plants and insects were co-evolving. The Insect in the piece of Lebanese amber is Libanobythus milkii - specie of small wasps of archaic Scolebythidae family of Cretaceous sediments. The only species of the genus Libanobythus.
The specie name milkii is given to commemorate professor R. Milka, one of the authors of the article describing the genus and species.

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