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Dinosaurs: Fossil reptiles from the UK

Over the past 200 years the fossilised remains of the skeletons of the dinosaurs featured in this issue
have been found in the UK, mostly in southern Britain – hence they are 'British' dinosaurs
 Dinosaurs have not appeared on stamps since 1991 and as
they are a perennially popular subject, especially with children,
an examination of how they may have looked was considered
to be a popular approach, but one that had to be backed up by
science. The stamp designs in this issue are printed such that the
creatures 'break out' of the self-adhesive stamp frame, so there is
not a clean straight edge to the stamp.

The following dinosaurs feature on the stamps:

• Polacanthus
• Ichthyosaurus
• Iguanodon
• Ornithocheirus
• Baryonyx
• Dimorphodon
• Hypsilophodon
• Cetiosaurus
• Megalosaurus
• Plesiosaurus

John Sibbick was selected from a number of expert artists as he
is one of the foremost illustrators of dinosaurs and has decades
of experience. It was felt that Sibbick's painterly approach gave a
more detailed realisation of the animals than tests with computer
generated imagery at stamp size.
Dr Angela Milner of the Natural History Museum, London, was the
consultant for this issue, and advised on the species and the accuracy
of the fi nal images to be reproduced on stamps.
There is very strong regional connection with Dorset (due mainly to
discoveries by pioneering fossil hunter Mary Anning).
The 1999 BBC TV series Walking with Dinosaurs was a ratings hit
and subsequent TV series have been equally successful indicating
the public interest in these creatures (it is estimated more than 700
million people have seen the TV series). The live show of Walking
With Dinosaurs featuring animatronic creatures has been seen by
more than 8 million people.
The 3D movie version of Walking With Dinosaurs will be released in
cinemas in December 2013. This is a BBC co-production, distributed
by 20th Century Fox. The fi lm takes the form of a narrative story
following a group of dinosaurs rather than being a natural history
type production. Macmillan Children's Book is publishing a tie in book.
Dinosaurs is also part of the National Curriculum for schools at
Key Stage 2.
(Or-nith-oh-kee-rus) - Bird Hand
The lightweight Ornithocheirus fl ew
mostly by soaring and gliding on its long,
narrow wings. It fed by skimming the
sea surface and catching fi sh with its
long, slender jaws fringed with sharp,
outwardly pointing, interlocking teeth.
(Pol-a-kan-thus) - Many Spines
Known from only two partial skeletons
lacking skulls, the heavily armoured
Polacanthus was protected against
predators by spikes and studs along the
body and a heavy hip shield composed
of fl at, interlocking, bony plates.
(Ig-wha-noh-don) - Iguana Tooth
Once portrayed in a kangaroo-like pose,
Iguanodon had forelimbs much shorter
than its hind limbs. Recent research
shows it could stand or walk on all fours,
but ran bipedally.
(Ick-thee-owe-sore-us) - Fish Lizard
Adapted to life in the seas, Ichthyosaurus
breathed air and gave birth to live young
in the water. Its lifestyle paralleled that
of the modern dolphin, except that its
tail fl ukes were vertical rather than

This 9,000 limited-edition, individually numbered
Medal Cover features all ten stamps from the
'Dinosaurs' set cancelled with a special postmark.
It also contains a medal specially produced by the
Royal Mint showing the head of a Megalosaurus
– one of the dinosaurs that appears in the stamp set.
Inside is a detailed and beautifully illustrated insert
card which looks in depth at the discoveries of the
various dinosaurs featured on the stamps as well
as other fossil reptiles.
It also explains how dinosaurs are reconstructed
based on fossil remains using both traditional and
digital techniques which combined are bringing new
realism to dinosaur movement and behaviour. You will
also learn about the geology of the earth and Great
Britain over the past 252 million years including the
Mesozoic Era which is also often referred to as the
'Age of Reptiles' when dinosaurs were dominant.
Retail Price: £14.95




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