Prince Albert I
appeared on many definitive stamps from 1891 to 1922, when he governed principality of Monaco
 In March 1949 Post Authority of Monaco issued a set of 15 stamps "100 anniversary of Prince Albert I".
There are 4 stamps of the set are related to PaleoPhilately: portrait of Prince Albert I who had a
interest in the origins of man and who founded the "Institute
" in Paris that was responsible for a number of archeological
digs - depicted on stamp witrh face value of 25f. Building of
Antropology Museum depicted on stamp with face value of
40f. An aurochs from the famous
Lascaux cave depicted on stamp with face value of 18f.
 Building of Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology depicted
on stamp with face value of 3,30f. The Museum of Prehistoric
Anthropology was founded by Prince Albert I in 1901 « with a view to
conserve the relics of primitive humanity excavated in the Principality
and neighboring regions ».
The museum boasting a rare and important
collection of fossils and excavated treasures originating from the
Principality and nearby regions, this museum retraces some of the most
significant milestones in the history of humans.
 Fossil of prehistoric fish Mene rhombea
shown on left side of the stamp. During the Middle Eocene (Lutetian
epoch), about 48 to 40 mya, these fishes lived in the Tethys Ocean, a
large tropical sea in the area corresponding to the current
Skull and jaw of cave bear (Ursus
shown on bottom-left corner of the stamp. The cave bear (Ursus
spelaeus) was a species of bear that lived in Europe during the
Pleistocene and became extinct about 24,000 years ago.
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