"Gigant Reptilies of the Caribbean"
Post Aurgority of Cuba planed to issue a set
of stamps shows some prehistoric animals, fossilized remains of it
found on a terottory of the country, in April
. However, due to some technical reasons the
sales of the stamps started half a year later, even
mark on FDC
is dated 3/4/2013.
is always considered as area occupied by ammonites, ichthyosaurus
and some other sea creatures in prehistoric time. Latest paleontologic
discoveries shows presents of big terresial animals e.g.
Fossils can still be found across the region.
The block shows Vinialesaurus
, a genus of plesiosaur from the Late Jurassic Jagua
The Jagua Formation is a Late Jurassic (middle to late
geologic formation in Pinar del Río Province, western Cuba. Plesiosaur,
pliosaur, pterosaur, metriorhynchid, and turtle remains are among the
fossils that have been recovered from its strata. The
type species is Vinialesaurus caroli, first described as Cryptocleidus
caroli by De
and Rojas in 1949, and redescribed by Gasparini,
Bardet and Iturralde in 2002. The authors of the 2002 paper considered
Vinialesaurus distinct enough from Cryptocleidus to warrant its own
genus. The name Vinialesaurus honors Viñales
the town in western Cuba
where the fossils of Vinialesaurus was discovered. (The Viñales Valley
has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since November
1999, for the outstanding karst landscape and traditional
agriculture as well as vernacular architecture, crafts and music.
On of the atraction of the village is Museo
consist of a mostly complete skull, jaw, and portions of the vertebrae.
Skull of Vinialesaurus is depicted on commemorative post mark
used on FDC
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