Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday stamps - invertebrates

Today's Sunday Stamps theme is invertebrates. Go here for links to more stamps.

Some time ago, Smash sent me this great envelope with a vintage stamp titled Synthetic Fuels, from a set of 4 designed by Charley Harper.


I have not received the others, however one of them is titled Fossil Fuels, and features the extinct trilobite.



Trilobites were marine arthropods, and had well-developed exoskeletons, which are readily fossilized. Over 17,000 species have been identified, and they were diverse in their biological niches.

12 comments:

  1. Oooh, I love that trilobite stamp!
    A pity that he/she has been extincted. Fortunately there still is a small 'trilobite'-like creature (woodlouse) around.

    (Also the design is one of my favourites, I like the combination of brown, black and blue and the simple design - and flora/fauna :-) )

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    1. This is one of my favorite envelopes of all time. Smash is a genius.

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  3. Clever you, I hadn't thought about the deep past, the stamp looks as though the trilobite could still be scuttling about.

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    1. Thanks! I didn't want to recycle my insect post from the past, then I remembered this stamp.

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  4. I love how excited Heleen is about this stamp.
    I didn't know about trilobites. He's cute, in a small dinosaur kind of way.

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    1. Some stamps (many, or even most, I guess) are worth getting excited about.

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  5. Thank you for your kind words, Violetsky! As a child we had a book about prehistoric animals, and (besides triceratops, eohippus and sabre tooth tiger of which realistic illustrations were shown) a fossile trilobite was pictured, and I was fascinated by this weird creature. I vagely remember 'meeting' a trilobite in my fantasy (similar to how nowadays people can be happy to face a kind/funny looking turtle), but just decades later I learned that trilobites lived down in the seas. So, apart from the different eras, a meeting would have been impossible :-)

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    1. I knew you were a sea creature, Heleen!

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  6. I took geology as a subsidiary subject at University. The trilobite was the very first fossil we learnt about.

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    1. I had no idea that trilobites were so diversely adapted until putting this post together. They were pretty amazing creatures.

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