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Denmark 1998 "Drawings of fossil animals from old books"

Issue Date 05.11.1998
ID Michel: 1195-1198 Scott: 1106-1109 Stanley Gibbons: 1153-1156 Yvert: 1198-1201  UPU:  N/A  Category: pF
Author Designer:  Keith Bassford, British
Engraver:  Arne K�hlmann
Stamps in set 4 + Block
Value 3.75Kr  Ammonite Parapuzosia by Ole Worm
4.50Kr  Fossil shark teeth Glossopetre by Niels Stensen
5.50Kr  Fossil sea urchin Echinocorys by Soren Abildgaard
15.00Kr  Fossil snail Pleurotomaria by Erich Pontoppidan

Block: Fossil Turritella from Pontoppidans Danske Atlas (in margin) 
Size (width x height)
Layout 4 MS of 50 stamps (10x5)
Products FDC  x2 MC x1 Booklet x1 PP x1
Perforation 12 x 12
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The stamp designs are reproductions of original drawings / engravings from books on the geology of the individuals listed below. Title and date of publication of the books also emerged from the stamps. The geographic position of Denmark in the "top" of the European continent, surrounded on almost all sides by the sea, has a special significance in geological studies. The four themes of this series of stamps with fossils (fossils of prehistoric animals and plants) show an interesting piece of history of geology in Denmark and at the same time tell of four renowned Danish researchers in this field. Four researchers who have all contributed to the development of modern geology as a science.

Ole Worm  1588-1654

Niels Stensen  1638-1686

S�ren Abildgaard 1718-1791

Erich Pontoppidan





In the area northeast of Ystad in Skane, southern Sweden, there were formerly many exposed layers with many fossils from the late Cretaceous period. Here the stream sink at R�dm�lla be seen. These shark teeth from the Miocene in Gram Lergrav date from about the same time as the shark's teeth from Niels Stensen from Malta. Stevns Klint is also expressed as international interest, not least because there is the boundary layer between the Cretaceous and Tertiary age are explored. Limestone quarry at Fakse as it looks today (May 1998). Here, the screw slot lived 62-63 million years ago. S�ren Abildgaard "Description of Stevns Klint and its natural curiosities" in 1759 includes among other things this beautiful engraving of the cliff profiles. Ole Worms cabinet of natural curiosities with different natural history, ethnographic and historical objects, etc. The illustration is from Ole Worms "Wormianum Museum" from 1655.



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