"Stampmania: Balasinor Dinosaur Fossil park"
by Prashant Pandya, cover and cancellation designed by Sapan Jhaveri
All philately exhibitions
brings special covers, booklets and other postal stationary with them.
Any philately exhibition is incomplete without special issues. During Stampmania 2009 a souvenir, a carried cover
one for each day, were issued. One of these covers is dedicatd to Balasinor Dinosaur Fossil park at Raiyoli in Gujarat - one of
the third largest Dinosaur sites in the world. This site may have been
a major breeding ground for dinosaurs about 65 millions years ago. Many
dinosaur eggs and fossils were excavated from here. The Balanasinor
Dinosaur Park has been home to 7 different types of dinosaurs namely
Megalosurus, Iguanodon, Titanosaurus, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus and
Brontosaurus. The dinosaur fossils found here are divided into two
orders based on their hip structure. They are Saurischia and
Ornithiscia. The first dinosaur fossil was in form of a limb-bone in
"Intrappean-Laneta" sediments in Raioli discovered by the
paleontologists of Geologicval Survey of India in 1981.
In the early 1980s, palaeontologists stumbled upon dinosaur bones and
fossils during a regular geological survey of this mineral-rich area.
The find sent ripples of excitement through neighbouring villages and
many residents picked up fossilised eggs, brought them home and
worshipped them. Since then excavations have thrown up a veritable
trove of dinosaur remainseggs, bones, a skeleton which is now kept in a
Calcutta (Kolkata) museumbringing hordes of scientists and tourists to
Piecing together the evidence in Balasinor, researchers now believe
that Gujarat is home to one of the largest clutch of dinosaur
hatcheries in the world. At least 13 species of dinosaurs lived here,
possibly for more than 100 million years until their extinction some 65
million years ago. The soft soil made hatching and protecting eggs
easier for the animals. So well-protected are the fossilised eggs found
here that many researchers call them the best-preserved eggs in the
world after the ones found in Aix-en-Provence in France.
Latest update 21.10.2017
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