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T. Rex Stamps of USPS to Include Lenticular Elements

12 Aug 2019  Mon

The USPS would be releasing a set of four stamps featuring Tyrannosaurus Rex on 29th August at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. A lenticular element has also been included, giving the viewer a notion upon tilting the stamps that the dinosaurs are moving their body parts in the image. The stamps were illustrated by a scientist and paleoartist named Julius T. Csotonyi from Canada and they were designed by art director Greg Breeding. The four stamps depict the dinosaur in four different stages of its life from infancy to adulthood.

Each stamp features the text “T. rex” in italics. The pane consists of 4 stamps of each design. They were printed by flexography at Banknote Corporation of America using the Gallus RCS press. A specially designed black cancel showing a T. Rex footprint and a coloured cancel showing a T. Rex skeleton, have been designed as well.

One stamp shows a T. rex coming out of a dense forest. The second one shows the fossil remains of an adult T. rex and a young Triceratops. The third stamp shows a new-born T-rex with feathers and the fourth one shows a young T-rex hunting another animal from the primitive times.

The young adult t-rex shown on two stamps were discovered in Montana. No other T-rex specimen in the world is as good as this one in terms of preservation state and completeness. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. currently showcases these fascinating remains. T-rex is known for its powerful jaws and large sharp teeth, using which it could easily attack and feed on even other big dinosaurs. They existed in the final years of the Cretaceous period, approximately 65 million to 85 million years ago. They could grow up to 15 feet tall and 40 feet long, to earn the title of one of the largest terrestrial carnivores. A fully grown T-rex could weigh almost six tons. The remains of T-rex have been found in the western parts of North America only as of now.

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Image Courtesy: The USPS

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