Issue Date 06.11.1997 ID Michel: 436-437 Scott: 346-347 Stanley Gibbons: 514-515 Yvert: 411-412 UPU: N/A Category: pR Author Zlatko Keser, painter, Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb Stamps in set 2 Value 1.40 Primordial elephant (Gomphotgerium angustidents)
2.40 Novska fossil pond periwinkle (Viviparus novskaensis)
Size (width x height) 29,82mm x 35,5mm Layout 20 stamps in sheet Products FDC x1 Sh x1 Paper white 102g, gummed Perforation 14 Print Technique Multicolor offset Printed by Quantity 350000 Issuing Authority Hrvatska posta
Miners have quite recently, between 1994 and 1996, dug up rather unusual bones of huge mammals from the bentonite clay mine. Palaeontologists have defined these fossils and attributed them to the remnants of long-time extinct species of fossil primordial elephants, the species defined as Prodeinotherium bavaricum and Gomphoterium angustidens. Their age can be assessed at about 18 million years. Viviparus is a species of fresh-water paludina that come from the Cretaceous Age of the geological past (about 100 million years ago). They were most widely spread in the Pliocene Epoch, when they lived in the spacious though shallow fresh-water lakes, which have developed due to the desalinization of the "Panonian Sea". Viviparus novskaensis is an extinct fossil species, most often found in the paludinian strata of the surroundings of the town Novska.
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