** UPDATE: February 21, 2017 **


 
Another twenty-five new issues. Of which twenty-one are yet more of the same from the same countries. Sigh. One would wish the UPU regulates how many stamps a country can issue. On top of that, there are still more similar issues that I have not described yet.
On the plus side is an interesting Brazilian issue showing fossil insects from the new Araripe geopark. Regrettably the names are not provided. I managed to find the name of the dragonfly, but I have not (yet) succeeded with the butterfly / moth. The Moldavian issue of four stamps plus a sheet brings us four species new to paleophilately.
New genera: Brachauchenius, Cordulagomphus, Crocuta, Dearchmara, Dinheirosaurus, Dolichopithecus, Gyrodus, Mandschurosaurus, Moropus, Palorchestes, Paracamelus, Tapirus, Tyrannotitan.
 
New Issues:
Brazil
Central African Republic (dinosaurs)
Djibouti (extinct animals)
Guinea 2008 (A.C. Clarke)
Guinea (dinosaurs)
Guinea-Bissau (dinosaurs)
Maldives (Darwin)
Niger (marine animals)
Niger (dinosaurs)
Sierra Leone (dinosaurs)
Sierra Leone (Darwin)
South Korea (baseball team mascot)
Ukraine
Central African Republic (aquatic animals)
Central African Republic (Spielberg)
Djibouti (aquatic animals)
Guinea (extinct species)
Guinea (vanished animals)
Guinea-Bissau (minerals - and fossils)
Moldavia
Niger (cave art)
Niger (stamp on stamp)
Sierra Leone (extinct animals)
Solomon Islands
Togo (dinosaurs)

** UPDATE: October 30, 2016 **


 
Pew, clearly I should NEVER have said that the number of new issues seemed to be going down. The past three months I have added over twenty new issues, and there are still a few more to go that I do not have good descriptions of yet.
I also have had to add quite a few genera to my lists. Fortunately, Wikipedia and other web sources yielded the required taxonomical data. Not to mention the images, many stamp designs seem to be straightforward copies from the internet.
Among the new issues is one from my home country. Of course it is exciting that natural history museum 'Naturalis' has managed to acquire the first Tyrannosaurus skeleton to be on permanent exhibit outside of North America. And these days it is understandable that a stamp issue commemmorates the fact. But why a limited availability sheet that costs more than twice the value of the stamps?
Spain is nearly as bad, with another optical gimmick-loaded set of four rather hideous 2 Euro stamps.
On the 'plus' side the 35-th International Geological Congress was held in South Africa. A very interesting issue shows aspects of the country's rich geology, with features such as the fossil-rich Karoo deposits and early hominid fossils.
New genera: Cloudina, Daphnogene, Eodicynodon, Europelta, Grewingkia, Ginkgoites, Glyptostrobus, Lukousaurus, Mesocetus, Neptunea, Nipponosaurus, Pelecanimimus, Plaesiomys, Pristerognathus, Proa, Procolophon, Pyroraptor, Raskya, Regaliceratops, Shastasaurus, Tapinocephalus, Tupandactylus, Udanoceratops, Ugrunaaluk.
 
New Issues:
Central African Republic (dinosaurs)
Croatia
Estonia
Gibraltar
Guinea-Bissau (dinosaurs)
Maldives
Mozambique (extinct animals)
Netherlands
Sao Tome e Principe (stamp on stamp)
Serbia
Sierra Leone (Spielberg)
South Africa
Central African Republic (fossils)
Cuba
France
Guinea-Bissau (aquatic animals)
Hungary
Mozambique (dinosaurs)
Mozambique (dinosaurs)
Niger
Sao Tome e Principe (dinosaurs)
Sierra Leone (water animals)
Sierra Leone (Darwin)
Spain

** UPDATE: July 31, 2016 **


 
It has been a while since the last update, the deluge of new issues seems to abate somewhat. To my surprise, this update does not include a single issue from the Central African Republic, Mozambique, Sao Tome, Sierra Leone, and the Solomon Islands. Which is fine by me, and for my budget.
Among the new issues is a sheet and booklet from Canada, with a mammal and an elasmosaur in spite of the title 'Dinosaurs'. I would expect them to know better. And in spite of the expensive limited edition collective sheet, the Romanian issue is also very interesting.
On the internet, I found some nice cancels and meter frankings, but regrettably I was not the only one who noticed and wanted them. Most of them sold for prices (well) outside my budget, but at least I got the scans for my lists, so I can illustrate them.
New genera: Acrotholus, Balaur, Cypretherium, Dakotaraptor, Kogaionon, Magyarosaurus, Mandarina, Siats, Silvianthemum, Similicaudipteryx, Styxosaurus, Theriosuchus, Tusoteuthis.
 
New Issues:
Canada, M.S. and booklet
Guinea
Japan
Niger
Serbia
Sweden
Togo (2015, dinosaurs)
Togo (2016, shells and fossils)
Djibouti
Guinea-Bissau
Niger
Romania
Slovenia
Togo (2015, aquatic creatures)
Togo (2016, dinosaurs)

** UPDATE: January 15, 2016 **


 
A rather diverse update, this one.
Of course, there are yet more issues from countries like the Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome e Principe, and Togo. Fortunately, some of these show species new to paleophilately. Especially the Central African Republic 'fossils and dinosaurs' issue is actually quite interesting.
The Moroccan issue is also very good, with some very unusual species that I had never heard about.
Browsing internet auction sites for new issues sometimes yields unexpected bonuses. On a whim, I entered 'extinct animals' instead of 'prehistoric animals' as search phrase, and so chanced across a 1990 Tanzanian First Day Cover of an extinct animals set that turned out to have two prehistoric species, Megaloceros and Smilodon, on the cover. More details.
New genera: Aegirocassis, Aetomylaeus, Furca, Leedsichtys, Metaxytherium, Peytoia, Physeteridae, Prognathodon, Pseudocrinites, Ptychodus, Rana.
 
New Issues:
Central African Republic (stamp on stamp)
Central African Republic (cave paintings)
Cuba
Mozambique (stamp on stamp)
Sierra Leone (aquatic animals)
Central African Republic (aquatic reptiles)
Central African Republic (fossils)
Morocco
Sao Tome e Principe (Jurassic fauna)
Sierra Leone (extinct animals)

** UPDATE: November 15, 2015 **


 
This is probably the last update for 2015.
Mostly fairly straightforward, a fairly large number of new issues and relatively many new genera.
Two issues are older. A visitor of my site kindly informed me that I had overlooked a Belgian 2001 issue containing a stamp dedicated to P. Teilhard de Chardin with a hominid evolution sequence. And thanks to Michael Kogan from Paleophilatelie.eu I could also add a Mexican 2011 issue which for some reason includes a Tyrannosaurus(?) skeleton.
Cuba has issued a new set (six values plus M.S.) with interesting vertebrates from the Caribbean. I do not have this set in my collection yet, and a full description will have to wait until the next update.
New genera: Agujaceratops, Anzu, Aquilops, Aurornis, Avaceratops, Caiuajara, Changyuraptor, Darwinopterus, Dreadnoughtus, Eocasea, Lurdusaurus, Megalapteryx, Mercuriceratops, Nyasasaurus, Olorotitan, Paralititan, Rhinorex, Rugops, Tianyulong.
 
New Issues:
Belgium (2001)
Central African Republic
Guinea-Bissau
Mexico
Mozambique
Nepal
Sierra Leone (dinosaurs)
Solomon Islands
Togo (dinosaurs)
Belgium
Guinea
Maldives
Mozambique (dinosaurs)
Mozambique (aquatic animals)
Niger
Sierra Leone (fauna of West Africa)
Togo (extinct animals)
Togo (museum)

** UPDATE: September 2, 2015 **


 
A lot has happened since the last update. And regrettably much of it was bad news for me.
I had just about finished this update when the hard disk of my fairly new computer developed problems. Problems which spread so quickly that I could only rescue my data files, and not even all of them, before it failed completely. I know, I know, I should have had backups.
I had to send in my PC for a new hard disk. Which, to my surprise, was still covered by the warranty, and thus free.
So I was without email and internet for a number of weeks. Withdrawal symptoms. It is only when you are disconnected that you realise how dependent you are on internet access.
And when my PC was returned, it came without software except Windows. I had to re-install all software, copy all my data files back onto the hard disk, and get all the settings and preferences back to my liking.
 
As for the new issues, the only really spectacular one is so in a negative way. I am referring to the Spanish dinosaur set, which to me proves that designers are too keen on all kinds of gimmicks and that profit is more important than service. Four stamps with a high face value of 2 €., embossed spines on the Ankylosaurus, a UV fluorescent skeleton on the Triceratops, and truly hideous colours and 3D effects on the other two. AND the Tyrannosaurus stamp is printed in sheets with a pictorial margin, containing 12 of them.
From Portugal there is a new franking machine label set. With three different labels and a number of postal rates also a costly addition to the collection.
Not yet listed here is a new mega-issue by Sierra Leone. It consists of a number of sets, each six stamps in a small sheet plus two miniature sheets. One of these shows dinosaurs, which is fine, the subject of the others is recent animals. The nasty trick is that on the margin of many sheets a dinosaur is shown.
A positive note is that I finally found the Tanzanian 'cultural heritage' set with the Laetoli footprints for sale.
New genera: Cheloniceras Cleoniceras Daeodon, Merychyus, Myotragus, Promicroceras, Prosthennops, Stenomylus.
 
New Issues:
Canada (dinosaurs M.S. and booklet)
Guinea-Bissau (dinosaurs)
Marshall Islands (dinosaur skeletons)
Nevis (mammals)
Niger (marine animals)
Portugal (franking machine labels)
Solomon Islands (2013, kangaroos)
Spain (2015, dinosaurs)
Togo (von Brandt, mammoth)
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau (prehistoric man)
Mozambique (2012 prehistoric man)
Niger (dinosaurs)
Niger (extinct animals)
Singapore
Spain (2001, Atapuerca skull)
Spain (2015, Altamira)
Togo (dinosaurs)

** UPDATE: May 09, 2015 **


 
Not all that many new issues this time, but a great many changes.
I have been unhappy with the presentation of the catalogue numbers in my site for a long time. When I first designed it, I only had Michel and Yvert et Tellier numbers, and not even for all issues. I decided to put these in the issue lists. A decision that I soon regretted, for two reasons. First, I feel that catalogue numbers are more properly put in the issue details pages, and second, because I started adding the Scott and the Stanley Gibbons numbers, and had to put these in the issue details pages. The catalogue numbers were thus split: Michel and Yvert et Tellier in the lists, Scott and Stanley Gibbons in the issue details. Obviously a very unsatisfactory arrangement.
So now I have redesigned the issue details pages, they now include the catalogue numbers for the four major world stamp catalogues. The only problem now is that the issue lists still include the Michel and Yvert et Tellier numbers, but I have no idea how to redesign the lists.
I have also made an effort to obtain missing catalogue numbers and issue dates. Nikolay Kozhevnikov's site 'Paleontology Philatelic Catalogue' www.trex2003.ru was of great help with this project. Frustratingly, I ran into a great number of inconsistencies between Nikolay's site and mine, not all of which I have been able to resolve. Which means that I must warn visitors of this site that not all data are correct.
Going through Nikolay's site, I also encountered a few older issues that I had missed, hence the 1998 Chad issue in the 'new issues' list.
A number of recent issues are not yet described. I have seen these on the internet, but do not have them in my collection. There are new issues from Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, and Niger (of course), but also a new franking machine label set from Portugal and a set plus booklet from Canada.
New genera: Aeger, Antarctopelta, Colombiceras, Pectinodon, Proailurus, Pseudaelurus, Resserops, Torvosaurus
 
New Issues:
Argentina
Chad, 1998, cats
Guinea-Bissau
Solomon Islands (fossils)
Tanzania
Central African Republic
Guinea
Solomon Islands (dinosaurs)
Switzerland
Togo

** UPDATE: February 22, 2015 **


 
Not even two months after the first update of 2015, here is the second one. I have had to add another sixteen new issues, and a number of new genera. Thanks to Michael of Paleophilatelie.eu, I have been able to add the name of the bivalve fossil depicted on the Serbian issue.
There is a very interesting new issue from Tanzania, with a picture of the famous Laetoli footprints, but I have not (yet) to obtain it.
I have also found that the 1985 Benin overprint on the 1974 Dahomey Tyrannosaurus stamp exists in (at least) three different types. O, plus a variety.
New genera: Achelousaurus, Agustinia, Archaeoceratops, Asterolepis, Aucasaurus, Brontornis, Doliosauriscus, Gigantspinosaurus, Liliensternus, Lymnocardium, Nedoceratops, Thalattoarchon.
 
 
New Issues:
Chad (Darwin)
Ghana
Guinea-Bissau (aquatic reptiles)
Guinea-Bissau (J. Verne)
Libya
Mozambique (cave paintings)
Niger ('flying dinosaurs')
Sao Tome e Principe
Gambia
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau (dinosaurs)
Latvia
Maldives
Niger (dinosaurs)
Palau
Union Island

** UPDATE: January 1, 2015 **


 
I wish all my readers a happy new year, and satisfying collecting.
Again, I have had to add a large number of new issues. The Brazil issue is very interesting, and thanks to a collector friend, I know the names of all depicted species.
Many stamps are being printed for Burundi, Niger, the Solomon Islands, and Togo, and the stamp presses for the Central African Republic, Guinea, Mozambique, and Sao Tome e Principe have not been idle either.
At least some of the issues (like the 'prehistoric fishes' issue from the Central African Republic) depict interesting species, new for paleo-philately. Which meant that I had a lot of Google-ing to do, looking up all the taxonomical data.
Some recent issues that I do not have in my collection yet will have to wait, there are new issues from Gambia, Ghana, and the Maldives.
New genera: Acanthodii, Andalusiana (or Cambropallas), Andesaurus, Atlanticopristis, Boreaspis, Ceratodus, Ceratops, Coccosteus, Doryaspis, Drepanaspis, Gegepterus, Gemuendina, Kosmoceratops, Mawsonia, Mercenaria, Orthacanthus, Otodus, Oxalaia, Piveteausaurus, Paleopropithecus, Prionosuchus, Psaronius, Pteraspis, Puertasaurus, Pycnonemosaurus, Sycorax, Uberabasuchus, Uberabatitan, Tribodus.
 
 
New Issues:
Brazil
Central African Republic (dinosaurs)
Guinea
Niger (extinct animals)
Sao Tome e Principe (fossils)
Serbia
Togo (J. Verne)
Central African Republic (fishes)
Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique
Mozambique
Peru
Sao Tome e Principe (dinosaurs)
Solomon Islands
Togo (dinosaurs)