StampNews.com got to know that Canada Post brings to life five prehistoric animals that once roamed Canada with the a unique 3-D-like design set of stamps. The prehistoric beasts in this new stamp issue – Dinos of Canada – range from Tyrannosaurus rex, depicted in a light feathery coat with cavernous jaws agape, to Euoplocephalus tutus, whose tail ended in a massive club. The issue was unveiled and put into circulation on the 9th of April.
"Canada's rich geography and spectacular landscape define this country and who we are", says the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, responsible for Canada Post. "We have a special fascination for the creatures that walked this land in the ancient past. With these stamps, we rediscover the magic they hold for us".
"Canadians young and old marvel at these wonders of nature and will be intrigued to discover in this stamp issue fascinating clues to the lives these dinosaurs lived", says Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra. "Our stamp program tells Canada's story. This is a story like no other".
The animals pulse with life, charged by the multilevel embossing and holographic foiling used in most of the designs. They tear their way through barren background images of Dinosaur Provincial Park, one of Canada's richest sources of dinosaur fossils.
Wild-eyed and sharp-toothed, the creatures are vividly illustrated by highly regarded paleoartist Julius Csotonyi of Vancouver. Design is by Andrew Perro of Toronto, who has designed several Canadian stamps.
"It was important to strike an effective balance in pose and colour patterns that were gripping and imposing yet scientifically accurate or plausible", says Csotonyi, an award-winning natural history illustrator and biological sciences graduate.
Canada has proven a rich hunting ground for dinosaur remains, with discoveries made from the badlands of Alberta to the Bay of Fundy area. The finds selected for this stamp issue were made in Western Canada and chosen in consultation with the Canadian Museum of Nature.
The animals depicted are:
- Tylosaurus pembinensis
- Chasmosaurus belli
- Tyrannosaurus rex
- Ornithomimus edmontonicus
- Euoplocephalus tutus