British Prehistoric Animals – First Day of Issue

The new set of prehistoric animal stamps from Great Britain was issued today. They include:

Prehistoric Animals 2013

Prehistoric Animals 2013

The heavily armoured Polacanthus was protected from predators by a host of spikes and studs.

Adapted to life in the sea, the Ichthyosaurus breathed air and gave birth to live young in the water.

The herbivorous Iguanodon was able to walk on all fours, but would run using only its hind legs.

This relative lightweight flew mainly by soaring and gliding, catching fish by skimming the sea.

With a name meaning ‘heavy claw’, the thumb claw alone of the Baryonyx was more than 40cm long.

With its one metre wingspan and two types of teeth, the Dimorphodon preyed upon fish.

The long shins of the Hypsilophodon suggest that a speedy escape was its main means of defence.

The Cetiosaurus was a herbivore thought to weigh as much as 20,000kg, the same as 20 cars.

The fearsome Megalosaurus grew up to nine metres in length, and preyed upon other Dinosaurs.

With its vast paddles, the Plesiosaurus hunted fish and other marine prey at an estimated 8kph.