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Marshall Islands 2009 "Prehistoric Animals"


Issue Date 24.11.2009
ID Michel: 2518-2522 Scott: 956 (956a-956e) Stanley Gibbons: Yvert:   UPU:  Category: pR
Author Artwork: Don Balke
Stamps in set 5
Value US$ 0.44 - Mastodon Roaming Prairie
US$ 0.44 - 
Eohippus Eatin Tree Leaves
US$ 0.44 - 
Mammoth Walking in Snowstorm
US$ 0.44 - 
Saber-toothed Cat Perched on Rock
US$ 0.44 - Mastodon Mother and Baby Drinking in Marsh
Size (width x height) 31 x 40 mm, MS size: 179 x 184 mm
Layout Strip of 5, MS of 4 strips
Products FDC x1   MS x1
Paper unwatermarked gummed paper
Perforation 13.5 x 13.5
Print Technique

Black, cyan, magenta, yellow by offset lithography on unwatermarked gummed paper

Printed by  Printing, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A.
Quantity
Issuing Authority Marshall Islands Postal Service.  Issue Place: Majuro  

 

Towards the end of the Mesozoic Era about 65 million years ago, changes began to take place on Earth, resulting in the growth of mountain ranges and a colder and more arid climate. Swamplands and shallow oceans dried up, hastening the extinction of many reptilian species. These geological and atmospheric changes prepared the way for the next age of history: the Cenozoic Era, also known as the age of mammals. During this era, ancestors of present-day mammals including early elephants, horses and camels originated. Carnivores proliferated and evolved into canine and feline types of animals. While some creatures adapted very well to the changing environment, others could not tolerate the new conditions and migrated to more temperate areas. Those that could not adapt eventually became extinct.

Note:  according to http://www.stampedout.nl/  Mastodon is not a genus, but the colloquial name for members of the family Gomphotheriidae. The depicted genus is probably Mammut. Eohippus should be Hyracotherium, the sabretooth is probably Smilodon.
 


Products

FDC


References:  Marshall Islands Stamp Catalog

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