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Marshall Islands 2009 "Prehistoric Animals"
|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
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|
Black, cyan, magenta, yellow by
offset lithography on unwatermarked gummed paper
Black, cyan, magenta, yellow by offset lithography on unwatermarked gummed paper
|Printed by||Printing, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A.|
|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.
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