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Issue Date 24.03.2000
ID Michel: 3811-3816, BL. 139  Scott: 3503-3508  Stanley Gibbons: 3843-3848  Yvert: 3586-3591 UPU: N/A Category: pR
Author Designer: Jacek Brodowski
Stamps in set 6
Value PLN 0.70 - Saurolophus
PLN 0.70 - Gallimimus
PLN 0.80 - Saichania
PLN 0.80 -
PLN 1.55 -
PLN 1.55 -
Size (width x height) 51 x 31.25 mm
Layout 20 stamps in sheet
Products FDC x 3   MS x 1
Paper  fluorescent
Perforation 11x11,5
Print Technique Offset, multicolor
Printed by
Quantity 2 x 2,700,000 pcs
2 x 2,700,000 pcs.
2 x 1,700,000 pcs.
Issuing Authority Poczta Polska

The Polish Post will introduce into the market a six-stamp series "Prehistoric Animals - Dinosaurs". It represents reconstructions of animals, whose skeletons were discovered in the Gobi Desert by Polish-Mongolian Paleonthological Expeditions in the years 1963-1971.

 Some details about these expeditions can be found on PALAEONTOLOGIA POLONICA  web site (monograph series published by the Institute of Palaeobiology of the Polish Academy of Sciences )

 The stamp on left side is from Polish expedition set, issued in 1980.

All of these animals lived at the end of the Mesozoic Era, in the late Cretaceous period (ca. 70 millions years ago). Their skeletons can be seen in the Museum of Evolution in Warsaw (PKiN), and natural size reconstructions in the Silesian Zoological Garden in Chorz�w.

PLN 0.70 - Saurolophus - duck-billed dinosaur of the length of 15m

 It chewed plants with numerous small teeth at the end of the jaw (the front was covered with a horn beak). It had a characteristic bone outgrowth and maybe a skin balloon used for nuptial shows and making sounds.



PLN 0.70 - Gallimimus- the biggest (ca. 5 m length) representative of

(PAN), at the cooperation with the Mongolian paleonthologist, dinosaurs similar to ostrich: no teeth, long legs, and long necks, predatory; Ornithischians. It was the most numerous dinosaur living in the Jurassic Park. It was described and named by Polish scientists: Professor Ewa Roniewicz and Halszka Osm�lska from the Paleobiology Department at the Polish Academy of SciencesRinczen Barsbolden.

PLN 0.80 - Saichania - representative of armoured dinosaurs, plant-eaters,

of its body covered with raised bony plates and equipped with a dangerous club-like tail. It had an excellently shaped skin system of the armour in the front part of the body. It was discovered by Polish expeditions and described by doc. Teresa Maryanska from the Museum of Earth of PAN.

PLN 0.80 - Protoceratops - very popular in numerous uncovered rocks from the 

Cretaceous period in Mongolia and China. A primitive horny dinosaur resembling its bigger cousins (e.g. triceratops) with the bony collar at the rear of the head and a curvy beak. The four-leg plant eater was 2 m long. It lived in herds in dry, desert places.


PLN 1.55 - Prenocephale - the first representative of thick-head

dinosaurs (pachycefalosaurus) discovered outside North America. Thickened bones at the top of the skull probably protected the small brain during horning the heads during nuptial fights. The dinosaur was almost 2m long. It was described by doc. Teresa Maryanska and Professor Halszka Osm�lska.
PLN 1.55 - Velociraptor- known, e.g., from the film Jurassic Park. An

agile predatory dinosaur from the group of dromesaurs, of the body length of almost 2m, it was a close relative of birds. Velociraptor attached its victim with characteristic claws in its legs. 






Mini Sheet


Skeleton of Saurolophus , Protoceratops , and Velociraptor on the F.D.C. covers, Velociraptor skull on the F.D.C. cancel











References:   Poczta Polska


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