The Swedish Museum of Natural History will celebrate its centennial in the building that is sometimes called the Palace of Nature. It is home to the outcome of the curiosity and thirst for knowledge demonstrated by men and women throughout the years. The museum is Sweden's largest, and it contains more than ten million fossils, animals, plants, fungi and minerals.
StampNews.com is glad to introduce five new scientific stamps depicting representative samples from the Museum's collections issued to celebrate its centennial.
All five stamps focus on nature and the environment. Britt-Inger Hahne, head of stamps at Postnord, said, "A theme celebrating nature and the environment seemed like a good start to 2016. Sustainability and environmental issues are high on our agenda, both for Postnord as a company and Sweden as a country".
The first stamp in the booklet pictures the fetus of a quagga (Equus quagga Quagga), an extinct subspecies of the plains zebra. Swedish naturalist Anders Sparrman brought this fetus back from South Africa in 1775. The stamp also pictures the museum's dome.
The dinosaur stamp is the second in the booklet of 10. It pictures a newly hatched maiasaura in the foreground with a royal fern (Osmunda regalis) in the background. Postnord said that this "plant has more or less remained the same since dinosaurs roamed the Earth".
Illustrated on the third stamp in the booklet is an 80-million-year-old flower fossil (Silvianthemum suecicum), discovered in Skane, Sweden, and magnified pollen grains from a dandelion, masur birch and amaranth.
The next design depicts a predaceous diving beetle (Hydroporus figuratus) in the foreground and a diatom in the background. This beetle was first described in 1826 by Swedish entomologist Leonard Gyllenhaal.
The final stamp represents the work of Swedish Museum of Natural History researchers in mapping the entire heritage of the mammoth.