Dinosaurs Are Coming To Canadian Mail

Canada Post is releasing five new stamps, each with a different dinosaur in a unique 3-D design. The stamps are illustrated by paleoartist Julius Csotonyi and designed by Andrew Perro. Csotonyi ensured his illustrations were as scientifically accurate as possible.

The stamp collection – called Dinos of Canada – are a reminder of the country’s rich geology and astonishing landscape. Minister of Transport, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, says this stamp collection helps the population rediscover the fascination with creatures that roamed the land millions of years ago.

“Canadians young and old marvel at these wonders of nature and will be intrigued to discover in this stamp issue fascinating clues to the lives these dinosaurs lived,” added Deepak Chopra, Canada Post President and CEO.

The five dinosaurs illustrated all have ties to Canada.

The T. rex is one of the dinosaurs featured in Canada Post’s new stamps.

Tylosaurus pembinensis
Nicknamed the T​. rex of the sea, this mosasaur was mainly found near North America 80 million years ago. These creatures reached maximum lengths of 49 feet. The largest skeleton in the world, nicknamed Bruce, is on display at Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre.

A medium-sized relative of the Triceratops, these dinosaurs typically ranged in size from 14 to 16 feet and weighed anywhere from 1.7 to 2.2 short tons. A strict herbivore, all skeletal remains, including a recent baby Chasmosaurus, have been found in Alberta, Canada’s Dinosaur Provincial Park.

Tyrannosaurus rex
Perhaps the most famed dinosaur of all, this carnivore roamed western North America 68 to 66 million years ago. Estimates of the creature’s weight range anywhere from 5 short tons to 20.4 short tons, depending on age. High school teacher Robert Gebhardt discovered one of the largest and most complete fossil sets in 1991 in the prairie province of Saskatchewan.

Ornithomimus edmontonicus
Dubbed bird mimics, these bipedal dinosaurs had slender arms, long necks with birdlike beaks and legs that scientists described as clearly being for rapid movement. In 2012, Canadian researchers were part of the team that discovered the existence of feathered dinosaurs in North America. O. edmontonicus was one of the dinosaurs found to have feathers.

Euoplocephalus tutus
The largest of dinosaurs that had bony armor, Euoplocephalus, thought to be a herbivore, was nearly 20 feet in length and weighed 2.2 short tons. The dinosaur also had some unique traits, such as pointed eyelid armor and a tail club known to break the bones of the creature on the receiving end. The first specimen was discovered in 1897 in Dinosaur Provincial Park.

The dinosaurs depicted on the stamps burst out towards onlookers for a unique effect no usually seen on stamps. Companies using postal software may find creative ways to connect with varying audiences by using this new stamp collection.