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Transkei 1993 "Fossils" 3rd set of the serie
Issue Date 18.06.1993 ID Michel: 303-306 Scott: 287-290 Stanley Gibbons: 301-304 Yvert: 303-306 UPU: N/A Category: pR Author Lambert Kriedemann Stamps in set 4 Value c45 Fabrosaurus
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The fabrosaurus was a small fleet-footed dinosaur that could rear up and run on its hind legs when frightened. While browsing on the lush riverside vegetation, they probably stayed close together, alert and ready to run as soon as the alarm sounded.
The diictodon was a small, herbivorous, mammal-like reptile with a tortoise-like beak and two prominent tusks, which were probably only a sexual characteristic but may have been used to dig up roots.
This reptile looked and behaved much like the modern crocodile. With its long, hooked snout and sharp, pointed teeth it was probably a sit-and-wait predator that preyed
on young reptiles and amphibia as they drank at water holes.
The rubidgea must have been the most fearsome pursue-and-pounce predator of its time. its powerful jaws had 15 cm long canines with serrated edges that were used
to stab and tear the flesh from its hapless prey.
Commemorative envelope: Massospondylus
This dinosaur became six metres long and reared up to browse on the young leaves at the top of trees, using its front legs to steady itself. Several complete skeletons of Massospondylus have been found in Southern Africa.
Text: Dr Roger Smith, Department Karoo Palaeontology. South African Museum, Cape Town. NMB Pnmers
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