China

Paleontology related stamps (dinosaurs, prehistoric animals, fossils prehistoric human, cave painting)

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China, officially the People's Republic of China (PRC), is a sovereign state in East Asia. It is the world's most populous country, with a population of over 1.38 billion. The PRC is a one-party state governed by the Communist Party, with its seat of government in the capital city of Beijing. It exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces; five autonomous regions; four direct-controlled municipalities (Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Chongqing); two mostly self-governing special administrative regions (Hong Kong and Macau); and claims sovereignty over Taiwan.
China's landscape is vast and diverse, ranging from forest steppes and the Gobi and Taklamakan deserts in the arid north to subtropical forests in the wetter south. The Himalaya, Karakoram, Pamir and Tian Shan mountain ranges separate China from South and Central Asia. The Yangtze and Yellow Rivers, the third- and sixth-longest in the world, run from the Tibetan Plateau to the densely populated eastern seaboard. China is a cradle of civilization, with its known history beginning with an ancient civilization – one of the world's earliest – that flourished in the fertile basin of the Yellow River in the North China Plain.
Many unique fossils found in China in the last decade.

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15.04.1958 "Chinese Paleontology"[1] 01.04.1959 "Museum of Natural History" 01.12.1962 "Scientists of Ancient China" [2]
Dinosaur and Prehistoric animals on stamps of China 1958 Museum of Natural History on stamps of China 1959 Scientists of Ancient China on stamps of China 1962
20.08.1991  " International Union for Quaternary Research " 01.11.1999 "Scientific and Technological Achievements" [3] 09.11.2002 "Museums of China" [4]
Prehistoric animals  and prehistoric human on stamps of China 19991 Fossil on Scientific and Technological Achievements stamps of China 1999 Museums of China on stamps of China 2002
19.05.2017 "Chinese Dinosaurs" [5]
Chines Dinosaurs on stamps of China 2017


[1] The stamp of Dinosaur is the first dinosaur stamp ever.

[2] Two stamps with face value of 10f  are dedicated to Shen Kua (1031-1095). Shen Kuo devised a geological hypothesis for land formation (geomorphology), based upon findings of inland marine fossils, knowledge of soil erosion, and the deposition of silt. He also proposed a hypothesis of gradual climate change, after observing ancient petrified bamboos that were preserved underground in a dry northern habitat that would not support bamboo growth in his time. More info is on Wikipedia.

[3] Fossil of Anomalocaris  on stamp of China 1999Fossil of Anomalocaris depicted on one of the stamp. Anomalocaris is thought to have been a predator. It propelled itself through the water by undulating the flexible lobes on the sides of its body. Each lobe sloped below the one more posterior to it, and this overlapping allowed the lobes on each side of the body to act as a single "fin", maximizing the swimming efficiency. The construction of a remote-controlled model showed this mode of swimming to be intrinsically stable, implying that Anomalocaris would not have needed a complex brain to manage balance while swimming. The body was widest between the third and fifth lobe and narrowed towards the tail; it had at least 11 lobes in total. It is difficult to distinguish lobes near the tail, making an accurate count difficult. More info is on Wikipedia.

 [4] Tianjin Natural History Museum on stap of China 2002 On of the stamps shows building of The Tianjin Natural History Museum. The museum  located at the west end of the Machang Road, was set up in 1914 by a French missionary and opened in 1927, with the previous name as Beijiang Museum. It got the present name in 1957. The museum is specialized in collections of paleontology and paleo-anthropology fossils. Specimens total 380,000, and the key collections show the paleontology group in the late period of Chinese Cenozoic Era, including fossils of ancient mammals excavated from the Yushe Basin of Shanxi Province, the Qingyang Basin of Gansu Province, the Yang Yuanni Basin of Hebei Province and the Inner Mongolia - the abundance of paleontology groups of the four places are rare worldwide, which are important References for researches on the evolvement of amniotes. The museum features four basic displays of Animal, Paleontology, Plants and Paleo-anthropology fossils, containing ancient reptiles and mammals, animal ecology, insects and aquatic organisms.
 
  [5]    First dinosaur stamps of China since 1958.
Notes:
  • Skeletons of the dinosaurs can be seen under UV light.
  • There are many variations of  numbers and  dinosaur's silhouettes attached to it.
  • Moreover many commemorative postmarks and meter franking issued in many cities around  the country.


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