Fossilized skull of
Tarbosaurus shown on margin of one of mini-sheets
Post Authority of Mongolia issued a set of 12 stamps "50 years of
EUROPA stamps" shown various sightseeing of the country. Stamps issued
in several formats: Mini Sheet with all 12 stamps, 12 Mini
Sheets 12 stamps each with the same stamps, 6 Blocks of 2 stamps each,
boths perforated and imperforated. One of the stamps shows
fossilized skeleton of Tarbosaurus battaar -the most famous dinosaur of
Tarbosaurus is a genus of tyrannosaurid theropod dinosaur that
flourished in Asia about 70 million years ago, at the end of the Late
Cretaceous Period. Fossils have been recovered in Mongolia, with more
fragmentary remains found further afield in parts of China.
Although many species have been named, modern paleontologists recognize
only one, Tarbosaurus bataar, as valid. Some experts see this
species as an Asian representative of the North American genus
Tyrannosaurus; this would make the genus Tarbosaurus redundant.
Tarbosaurus and Tyrannosaurus, if not synonymous, are considered to be
at least closely related genera. Alioramus, also from Mongolia, is
thought by some authorities to be the closest relative of Tarbosaurus.
 Charles Darwin shown on one of
 In October 2000 Post Authority of Mongolia issued a mini sheet with 17 stamp with a subject "Millennium of
Even on the fist look it is possible to identify some oddities there: some
stamps, especially on the bottom side have different design and are
more colorful than most of the stamps on the upper side of the sheet.
strange stuff is the text on the left side of the sheet - all about
Charles Darwin: his life, voyage on HMS Beagle around the world his
explorations, theory of evolution, but many stamps have nothing to do
of theropod dinosaur, perhaps Tarbosaurus
bataar, most famous dinosaur of Mongolia, shown on the first stamp
in the second row. Only few Dinosaur species were known at
Charles Darwin time. Fossils of Tarbosaurus are discovered in 1946,
64 years after Charles Darwin's death. Przewalski's hors, ram,
duck, turkey and marbled are inhabitants in Mongolia, but have nothing
to do with Darwin too.
Initially, different set of stamps are planed for the issue (see image in
the middle) - all about Charles Darwin's life, every stamp
correspondent to a paragraph on the left side of the sheet when all
stamp are designed in the same style. For some reasons 7 out of 17
stamps are replaced on the last moment to stamps that have nothing to
do with Darwin but represent modern and prehistoric fauna of Mongolia.
few original mini sheets are survived, perhaps it is a part of small
production uses for stamps and design confirmation. These stamps are
extremely rare and not listed in stamps catalogs.Many thanks to my friend Peter Brandhuber for information about this issue and his article (on German) about the sheet.
Another stamps to consider
|01.12.1980 "Antarctic Animals and Exploration" [A1]
|| 30.12.2001 "The history of humanity" [A2]
[A1] In December 1980 Mongolia issued
set of 8 stamps and a block of
Animals and Explorarition".
The round stamp in the block is dedicated to continental
drift and shows world
map at Carboniferous period.
The Carboniferous Period lasted from about 359.2 to 299 million years
ago during the late Paleozoic Era. The term "Carboniferous" comes from
England, in reference to the rich deposits of coal that occur there.
These deposits of coal occur throughout northern Europe, Asia, and
midwestern and eastern North America.
A major marine and
terrestrial extinction event occurred in the middle of the period,
caused by climate change.The later half of the period experienced
glaciations, low sea level, and mountain building as the continents
collided to form Pangaea. The Carboniferous was a time of active
mountain-building, as the supercontinent Pangaea came together. The
southern continents remained tied together in the supercontinent
Gondwana, which collided with North America–Europe (Laurussia) along
the present line of eastern North America.
[A2] Human evolution sequence and some cave paintings are shown on a sheet margin at the top-left corner.
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