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Ancient reptiles – so horrible and so mysterious. 5 bright stamps released by Canada Post

Ancient reptiles – so horrible and so mysterious. 5 bright stamps released by Canada Post
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StampNews.com hurries to inform our readers about one more stamps issue that is definitely worth your attention.

A reptile that roamed Prince Edward Island before the dinosaurs, more than a quarter of a billion years ago, will be featured in a new Canada Post stamp series consisting of five bright items.

The postal service announced the stamps will feature five ancient reptile species, the fossils of which were uncovered in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and P.E.I.

The upper jaw bone of the Dimetrodon borealis was discovered in 1845 during a well excavation in French River, near the Island's North Shore. The bone was found in a layer of shale by a farmer digging the well.

The discovery was originally hailed as Canada's first dinosaur, but paleontologists later realized the fossil actually pre-dated the dinosaurs. They described the beast as a mammal-like reptile with serrated teeth, which likely had a sail on its back for display.

When Dimetrodon borealis lived 270 million years ago, the Island was hot, dry and located near the equator. The stamps feature the artwork of Sergey Krasovskiy, and were designed by Vancouver's Subplot Design Inc. Each stamp features the five species being reflected in a glassy dinosaur eye.

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