End of Septemer 2013, after 20 yeras since issue of
anounced Australian Post about new dinosaur stamps. Similar to stamps
of 1993 this issue contain six mint stamps issued in Mini-Sheet and
individual sheets of 50 stamps, some self-adhesive stamps with the
similar design, issued in booklets.
This stamp issue illustrates six prehistoric animals that lived in Australia
during the Cretaceous period (around 145 million years ago to 65
million years ago).
Five of these animals are dinosaurs. The sixth,
Koolasuchus is an amphibian that persisted on this continent long after
it had become extinct elsewhere, a living fossil of its time.
left to right, the minisheet covers a period of nearly 30
years and extends from the older, polar Victoria to the
younger,v more temperate Queensland. During those 30 million
years, the most profound change that ever occurred in
the terrestrial flora took place. This was the
the flowering plants.The particular animals chosen were from Queensland
and Victoria because it is in those two states that the
vast majority of dinosaur material has been found on this
continent. The amphibian and with one exception, all the dinosaurs
depicted, have never previously been illustrated on stamps.
Here is an example about his great work
wrote in his
"Here are six different stages of the development of the
new Koolasuchus stamp from Australia Post. The first two are in pencil,
drawn from imagination while looking at the fossil diagrams. The third
is painted in gouache and colored pencil. When I made the
maquette from Sculpey, I understood better how I could give the pose
more twist. And I could turn the form in real sunlight to see exactly
where the light and shadow divided. The comprehensive layout at center
is drawn in charcoal on vellum. This was the map for the final oil