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Dinosaur stamps go on sale with links to Mary Anning
12:00pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
DINOSAURS unearthed by fossil hunter Mary Anning are among those to feature on new stamps out tomorrow.
The 10-strong set feature Ichthyosaurus, Plesiosaurus, Polacanthus, Iguanodon, Ornithocheirus, Baryonyx, Dimorphodon, Hypsilophodon, Cetiosaurus and Megalosaurus.
They mark the discovery over 200 years ago of fossilised dinosaur remains. Mary Anning, of Lyme Regis, was the pioneer who led the way in digging out and identifying the dinosaurs.
Many of her discoveries were found in the cliffs and would have lived in the sea millions of years ago.
Some hang in the Natural History Museum in London where the stamp set was launched with broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
He said: “It was a British scientist, Sir Robert Owen, the first director of the Natural History Museum, who first identified a dinosaur and who invented that name for the whole group.
“The sheer size and variety of these extinct reptiles captivates people of all ages and still continues to inspire children’s imaginations.
“These stamps are a wonderful reminder of the majestic creatures that once roamed what is now Great Britain hundreds of millions of years ago.”
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