Friday, 11 October 2013

Royal Mail Dinosaur Stamps

 The Royal Mail have issued their dinosaur stamps.  Fist day covers were only available at Post Offices on 10 Oct 2013, but the stamp sets are still available where stocks last.
 The art work on these stamps is by John Sibbick.  His work is found in many pterosaur publications.  Text on the cover card is by Angela Milner from the NHM London.  There are two pterosaur stamps in the set of 10 fist class stamps.  It is interesting that all of the stamps have an area of printed image that extends beyond the normal edge of the stamp, requiring a special perforation cut for the sheets.
 Ornithocheirus represents the pterodactyloid pterosaurs. This species was first described by Harry Govier Seeley in 1869, though the fossils had been known of since 1827.
Dimorphodon represents the older rhamphorhynchoid pterosaurs and was described by William Clift and William John Broderip in 1835.  This description was based on a fossil that was discovered by Mary Anning in 1828.

These stamps are available over the counter at all UK post offices whilst stocks last.

Royal Mail Collectible stamps

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