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India 2009 "Stampmania: Balasinor Dinosaur Fossil park"
Issue Date 18.12.2009
ID Category: pF
Author Theme by Prashant Pandya, cover and cancellation designed by Sapan Jhaveri
Covers in set 1
Value 5 (stamp)
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Issuing Authority India Post

All philately exhibitions brings special covers, booklets and other postal stationary with them. Any philately exhibition is incomplete without special issues. During Stampmania 2009 a souvenir, a carried cover and four special covers, one for each day, were issued. One of these covers is dedicatd to Balasinor Dinosaur Fossil park at Raiyoli in Gujarat - one of the third largest Dinosaur sites in the world. This site may have been a major breeding ground for dinosaurs about 65 millions years ago. Many dinosaur eggs and fossils were excavated from here. The Balanasinor Dinosaur Park has been home to 7 different types of dinosaurs namely Megalosurus, Iguanodon, Titanosaurus, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus and Brontosaurus. The dinosaur fossils found here are divided into two orders based on their hip structure.  They are Saurischia and Ornithiscia. The first dinosaur fossil was in form of a limb-bone in "Intrappean-Laneta" sediments in Raioli discovered by the paleontologists of Geologicval Survey of India in 1981.

In the early 1980s, palaeontologists stumbled upon dinosaur bones and fossils during a regular geological survey of this mineral-rich area. The find sent ripples of excitement through neighbouring villages and many residents picked up fossilised eggs, brought them home and worshipped them. Since then excavations have thrown up a veritable trove of dinosaur remainseggs, bones, a skeleton which is now kept in a Calcutta (Kolkata) museumbringing hordes of scientists and tourists to Balasinor.

Piecing together the evidence in Balasinor, researchers now believe that Gujarat is home to one of the largest clutch of dinosaur hatcheries in the world. At least 13 species of dinosaurs lived here, possibly for more than 100 million years until their extinction some 65 million years ago. The soft soil made hatching and protecting eggs easier for the animals. So well-protected are the fossilised eggs found here that many researchers call them the best-preserved eggs in the world after the ones found in Aix-en-Provence in France.
 

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References: 
 Stampmania  PhilatelyNews   
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