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Netherlands  2016 "T.rex in town"

Issue Date 10.09.2016
ID Michel:    Stanley Gibbons:    UPU:  Category: pR
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Stamps in set 3
Value  '1' rate stamps (inland letter rate, 0,73 €. at time of issue)
 x3 Tyrannosaurus
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Layout mini sheets of 3 stamps
Products Postcard x1 (3 identical postcards sold in a set with the mini sheet)
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Issuing Authority Naturalis museum
Tyrannosaurus Trix on personalized stamps of Netherlands 2016

On September 10, 2016 Natural History Museum "Naturalis Biodeversity Cente"  (Leiden, Netherlands) in cooperation with Netherland's Post,  issued a Souvenir Sheet with  three personalized stamps to commemorate "T. rex in town" event that took place between September 10, 2016  and June 2017. Although issued by Netherland's Post, they were only available through their collectors shops at more than twice their face value. Logo of the museum is depicted on bottom-left corner of the sheet. 
All stamps shows reconstruction of Tyrannosaurus, named "Trix"  in honor of former queen Beatrix.
This is the first ever full Tyrannosaurus skeleton of Netherlands and is the first and only T. rex permanently exhibit outside of North America.

The story of  Trix began in  the summer of 2012 when the museum's director, Edwin van Huis, expressed his ambition to get Tyrannosaurus. Researchers of Naturalis went on an expedition in the United States, where almost a year later fossil of Trex was unearthed out of the sandstone in Montana.  With the help of crowd funding, the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, succeeded in excavating and buying this unique prehistoric treasure at a cost of EUR 5 million. 

Tyrannosaurus Trix departing from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport Passport Tyrannosaurus TrixOn 23 August 2016, 250 passengers on a KLM flight departing from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport heard a surprising announcement while they were waiting to board. They were told that they’d be flying to Amsterdam with the 66+ million year old Tyrannosaurus. At an earlier press conference, a group of representatives from the Netherlands and the US unveiled a large Dutch passport for the dino. Trix officially arrived in Leiden a few days later and was welcomed to town with a celebration featuring hundreds of local school children. A caravan that included a marching band, a T. Rex parade float, TV naturalist Freek Vonk, and paleontologist Anne Schulp led a lorry carrying the bones to a stage set up in the city’s historic Beestenmarkt.

Skeleton of Trix TyrannosaurusDuring its lifetime, the dinosaur would have stood 4 – 5 metres tall and weighed 5,000 kilogrammes.  The skeleton measures 12.5 meters from nose to tail and four meters from the hip down. According to  analysis of Naturalis staff, the dinosaur was likely a female and would have died at about the age of 30 around 66 – 67 million years ago.
The skeleton contains about 80% of the bone volume, that  consists of 300 bones, 55 of which make up the huge skull and it is one of the most complete skeletons of Tyrannosaurus found to date.  Missing bones reproduced by 3D printing. The 3D printed bones are painted a slightly different color so that visitor of the museum can see what part of the skeleton was missing.

“For a museum it’s almost an advantage when you’re missing bones because in a 3D print you can easily add a hole in the middle and run steel through the inside of the print,” said Anne Schulp, head of T. rex research at Naturalis. “So what we often do if we have one leg but not the other is that we take the steel frame that supports the entire dinosaur and hide it inside the lightweight 3D printed replica bones to support the rest of the entire skeleton.”


Skeleton of Trix TyrannosaurusSkeleton of Trix TyrannosaurusTrix  mounted in a unique position, low to the ground pose that will make her seem more dangerous and intense than other T.rex skeletons in museums around the world, allows to visitor to see in eyes of this dangerous prehistoric predator.
The pose was choose because Trix  feature her actual skull instead of a replica, which  requires a substantial amount of support that can’t be achieved with a more traditional pose.

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Clean ans used Postcards that sold in a set with the mini sheet Used letters
Trex on postcard of Netherlands 2016 Trex on used cover of Netherlands 2016


References:  Naturalis Biodeversity Cente  Chicago Tribune  Daily Mail   Blog of KLM  Notey  Businesswire  Dutch News  Cargo forwarder  Lonely Planet  Stampedout Wikipedia 


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