Saturday, August 15, 2009

An awesome cover from France!

It is always a delight to know that someone actually reads your blog when you receive a comment, an email or a cover sent from another corner of the world. I appreciate all and feel privileged to receive one. These are the things that really motivated me to carry on blogging.

Today, I received a lovely cover from Dijon, a city in eastern France by David Jastrzebski who I presumed is a reader of this blog. Thank you very much!

The 2 gorgeous stamps franked on this cover are from the "Prehistoric Animals" series, issued on 19th April 2008. They depict a Sabre toothed Tiger and a Phorusrhacos.

A Sabre toothed Tiger or Smilodon became extinct around 11,000 years ago. It was a fierce predator about 1.2-1.5 m long and 0.9 m tall. It weighed about 200 kg. The Sabre toothed Tiger was a bit smaller than a modern-day lion, but much heavier.

Phorusrhacos was a huge, lightly-built bird with a fearsome beak. A recent discovery in North America suggests that they also had claws on their wings, which is unusual, although it is not clear how these would have been used. Phorusrhacos stood around 2.5 m tall and weighed approximately 130 kg.

The other 2 stamps in this set feature a Mammoth and a Megaloceros.

Mammoth lived from the Pliocene epoch from around 4.8 million to 4,500 years ago. They were often equipped with long curved tusks and, in northern species, a covering of long hair. The largest known species, Songhua River Mammoth, reached heights of at least 5 m at the shoulder. Mammoths would probably normally weigh in the region of 6 to 8 tonnes, but exceptionally large males may have exceeded 12 tonnes. Megaloceros also known as the giant deer was found widely across northern Europe and western Asia during Pleistocene times it stood up to 1.8m high at the shoulders. The males had huge palmated antlers with a span of up to 3m. Megaloceros became extinct around 10 000 years ago.

And here is a miniature sheet.

1 comment:

  1. very stamps, once of my favourites.
    Some more info about them is here: http://www.paleophilatelie.eu/description/stamps/france_2008.html

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