2002 "Sightseeings: Lebanese Fossil"
||Michel: 1433 Scott: 570Stanley Gibbons:
UPU: N/A Category: pF
|Stamps in set
||10 000 - Fish fossil (Nematonotus
|Size (width x height)
||25 stamps per sheet
||FDC x 1
Between 11.10.2002 and 08.01.2003 post authorithy of Lebanon
issued 10 definitive stamps shows various Sightseeings of the country.
The first 8 stamps are issued on
11.11.2002 and 20.11.2002 are
"traditional" sightseeings stamps shows some famous buildings and
The last two stamps of the serie are Fish fossil
(Nematonotus longispinus), issued on 22.11.2002 and Amber with insect
(Libanobythus milk) inside, issued on 08.01.2003.
The Cretaceous sublithographic limestone
deposits of Lebanon is a rich Lagerstatten
with an amazing diversity of fauna.
The sublithographic limestone deposits of Lebanon are dated to the
Cenomanian Stage of the Middle Cretaceous, some 93 to 97 million years
ago, and are most famous for exquisitely fossil fish preservation, but
also produces a diversity of other well preserved invertebrate fossils
such as shrimp and lobsters.
The stamp showsNematonotus
fish found there. Nematonotus develop a dramatic
flag-like dorsal fin extension, hence the generic name longispinus. The
dorsal here certainly lives up to that name, demonstrating this is an
adult example. The genus became extinct during the Cretaceous. The
detail in the caudal fin is remarkable; notice too the fine detail to
the vertebral column. There are several partial shrimp of the genus
Carpopenaeus present as well, with another on the reverse.
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