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ISSUE LIST

In this section, I have listed all regular issues with fossils and/or reconstructions of prehistoric animals and plants that I know of.
Currently, the number of issues has exceeded 850. I have distributed these over a number of separate pages in order to ensure reasonable loading times.
In Holland, mainly the French Yvert & Tellier and the German Michel catalogues are used. I do not have access to the Scott catalogue at all, and the Stanley Gibbons catalogue in our local library is rather outdated.
Therefore, I am very grateful to Robert Margulski and Peter Ashley, who kindly supplied the Scott and most of the Stanley Gibbons catalogue numbers, respectively.
The Scott and Stanley Gibbons numbers are presented in the 'issue details' pages.
 

WHAT IS INCLUDED HERE?

OFFICIAL ISSUES ONLY

In this section, I have listed stamps issued by recognized postal authorities only. Distinguishing between official and unofficial issues is not always easy. When in doubt about an issue, I have included it here.
A selection of unofficial issues is presented elsewhere in this site.

STAMPS ONLY

Only stamps, sheets, miniature sheets (abbreviated M.S.) and de luxe sheets are listed here. I have only listed those varieties (such as imperforate stamps / sheets and de luxe sheets) that are either in the Michel and/or Yvert & Tellier catalogues, or that I have in my collection.
The definition of 'sheet' and 'miniature sheet' is not always clear, even for the editors of catalogues. Occasionally, one catalogue will list a specific item as a miniatute sheet, while the other will treat it as a sheet, and list the stamps separately.
Stamp booklets, post cards and covers, meter frankings and cancellations are listed separately.

PERSONALIZED STAMPS

In a growing number of countries, postal authorities offer individuals and companies the possibility of having an image and/or text printed either on a stamp or on a label attached to it.
Stamps with a white center, on which you can write messages or print images yourself, have also been issued.
While this offers excellent opportunities to create your very own thematic stamps, I can not, of course, list them here.

personalized stamp ArGe spacer Personalized stamps are a great way for stamp societies to promote themselves. The German 'Arbeitsgemeinschaft Bergbau und Geowissenschaften' is a society of collectors of the topics mining, geology, mineralogy, paleontology, and related topics. Currently, I am responsible for their paleo-anthropology column.
personalized stamp spacer A personalized stamp created by me,
with a fossil from my collection.

 

PREHISTORIC vs. EXTINCT

My interest is in prehistoric life only, species that became extinct in historic times I have excluded. Therefore, the New Zealand moa, with a good fossil record, is included, while the Mauritius dodo, with next to no fossil record, is not. Although the moa figures in Maori tales and legends, most of our knowledge is from its fossils.

    
Mauritius 1997      Some dodo fossil material is known,
as this 1997 Mauritius stamp shows.

Some species, however, became extinct in historic times, but have a good fossil record as well. The aurochs is an example. Because of the importance of its fossil record for climate history, I have decided to include it here.

Some species have gone extinct very recently, but are nevertheless only known from (sub-)fossil material. This has happend with species on islands, that went extinct when the islands were settled. These too, I have included.
 

MAN AND HIS WORKS

On the whole, I consider artifacts to be the domain of archaeology. The exception to this are carvings and cave paintings, when these show prehistoric animals.
Prehistoric man itself is the hardest problem, especially Cro Magnon man. This form is physically (nearly) identical to modern man, but had not yet developed culturally and technologically. I try to separate between palaeoanthropology and archaeology, but this is not always possible.
Finally: cartoon cavemen. I include these, with one exception: The Flintstones. The reason for this is simple and personal: I don't like them, and do not want them in my collection.

IS THERE SOMETHING MISSING?

This site is the result of years of collecting - boths stamps and information. Nevertheless, I cannot guarantee that the list presented here is complete or correct. I would be very pleased to receive information that I have missed.


PLEASE NOTE

The more detailed issue descriptions that I provide under the 'details' links appear in pop-up windows. On my PC I have noticed that a pop-up stopper stops not only unwanted ads, but these as well. You may have to turn off your pop-up stopper in order to see the issue details.
Recently, I have upgraded my seriously outdated PC and its equally geriatric software. Only then I noticed that the recent versions of Microsofts 'Internet Explorer' browser also consider the pop-up windows a safety risk, and refuse to open them. Fortunately, you can tell Explorer that it should display them, but it is a nuisance.

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PART I AFARS & ISSAS, AFGHANISTAN, ÅLAND, ALGERIA, ANDORRA, ANGOLA,
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA, ARGENTINA, ASCENSION
PART II AUSTRALIA, AUSTRIA, AZERBAIDZHAN, BARBADOS, BARBUDA, BELGIUM, BENIN, BEQIA (Grenadines of St. Vincent), BERLIN (WEST), BHUTAN
PART III BOLIVIA, BOSNIA-HERCEGOVINA, BOSNIA-HERCEGOVINA (SERF REPUBLIC), BRAZIL, BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY, BULGARIA, BURKINA FASO, BURUNDI, BYELORUSSIA, CAMBODIA, CANADA, CAPE VERDE
PART IV CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, CHAD, CHILE, CHINA, COLOMBIA
PART V COMOROS, CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE), CONGO (KINSHASA), CROATIA, CUBA, CURAÇAO, CYPRUS
PART VI CZECH REPUBLIC, CZECHOSLOVAKIA, DAHOMEY, DENMARK, DOMINICA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EGYPT, EL SALVADOR, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, ETHIOPIA, FAEROE ISLANDS, FALKLAND ISLANDS, FIJI, FINLAND
PART VII FRANCE, FRENCH ANTARTCTIC TERRITORIES, FUJEIRA, GABON, GAMBIA, GEORGIA, GERMAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC
PART VIII GERMAN FEDERAL REPUBLIC, GHANA, GIBRALTAR, GREECE, GREENLAND, GRENADA, GRENADA, CARRIACOU & PETITE MARTINIQUE, GRENADINES OF GRENADA
PART VIII GUINEA, GUINEA BISSAU, GUYANA
PART IX HONG KONG, HUNGARY, INDIA, INDONESIA, IRELAND, ISRAEL, ITALY, IVORY COAST
PART X JAPAN, JERSEY, JORDAN, KAZAKHSTAN, KENYA, KENYA-UGANDA-TANZANIA, KIRGIZIA, KIRIBATI, KOREA (NORTH), KOREA (SOUTH)
PART XI KUWAIT, LAOS, LATVIA, LEBANON, LESOTHO, LIBERIA, LIBYA, LIECHTENSTEIN, LITHUANIA
PART XII LUXEMBOURG, MACEDONIA, MADAGASCAR, MALAWI, MALDIVES
PART XIII MALI, MALTA, MAN (ISLE OF), MANAMA, MARSHALL ISLANDS, MAURITANIA, MAURITIUS, MICRONESIA, MOLDAVIA
PART XIV MONACO, MONGOLIA, MONTSERRAT, MOROCCO, MOZAMBIQUE
PART XV NAMIBIA, NAURU, NETHERLANDS, NEVIS, NEW CALEDONIA, NEW ZEALAND, NICARAGUA, NIGER, NORWAY, PALAU, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, PARAGUAY
PART XVI PERU, PITCAIRN ISLANDS, POLAND, PORTUGAL, QU'AITI STATE OF HADHRAMAUT, ROMANIA, SAINT HELENA, SAINT KITTS, SAINT VINCENT & GRENADINES
PART XVII SAN MARINO, SAINT THOMAS AND PRINCIPE, SENEGAL, SERBIA, SIERRA LEONE, SINGAPORE, SLOVAKIA, SLOVENIA, SOMALIA, SOUTH AFRICA
PART XVIII SOVIET UNION, SPAIN, SRI LANKA, SWEDEN, SWITSERLAND, TADJIKISTAN, TANZANIA, THAILAND, TOGO
PART XIX TONGA, TONGA (NIUAFO'OU), TRANSKEI, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO,
TRISTAN DA CUNHA, TUNISIA, TURKEY, TURKISH CYPRUS, TURKMENISTAN, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, UGANDA
PART XX UKRAINE, UNION ISLAND, UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, URUGUAY, UZBEKISTAN, VENDA
PART XXI VIETNAM, WALLIS AND FUTUNA, YEMEN, YEMEN (NORTH), YUGOSLAVIA, ZAIRE, ZAMBIA, ZIMBABWE
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