Bophuthatswana

Paleontology  related stamps (fossils, dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals)

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Bophuthatswana
,  officially the Republic of Bophuthatswana, was a Bantustan  and nominal parliamentary democracy in the northwestern region of South Africa. Its seat of government was Mmabatho.  Bophuthatswana was the first area to be declared an independent state whose territory constituted a scattered patchwork of individual enclaves. During its last days of existence, events taking place within its borders led to the weakening and split of right-wing Afrikaner resistance towards democratizing South Africa.  In 1994, it was reintegrated into South Africa, and its territory was distributed among the new provinces of the Orange Free State (now Free State), Northern Cape, and North West Province.  More information about Bophuthatswana are on Wikipedia    
 
Australopithecus of Taung on special cover and postmark  of Bophuthatswana 1985The South African homelands of Bophuthatswana issued its own stamps between 1977–1994.  There  are  no Paleontology related stamps issued issued by the country, but special cover and commemorative postmark: 60th anniversary of  Australopithecus discovery in Taung"
The Taung Child (or Taung Baby) is the fossilised skull of a young Australopithecus africanus. It was discovered in 1924 by quarrymen working for the Northern Lime Company in Taung, South Africa. Raymond Dart described it as a new species in the journal Nature in 1925.  The Taung skull is in repository at the University of Witwatersrand. Dean Falk, a specialist in brain evolution, has called it "the most important anthropological fossil of the twentieth century."
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