Title:  The Age of Dinosaurs Series Stamps (3rd Issue).
 


Stamp Serial#
2878- 2881
KPC#
C-2284-
C-2287 
Scott#
LSN=2389a-d 
Date of Issue
08-08-2012 
Quantity
408,000 ea.
Denomination
360 won  
Design
Pachycephalosaurus,
Tyrannosaurus,
Oviraptor,
Protoceratops  
Designer
Mo, Ji-won 
Image Area
50mm x 33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
2 x 4 + 4 
Paper
White unwatermarked 
Printing process
and colors
Offset, six colors 
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
As the third installment of "The Age of Dinosaurs Series Stamps," we introduce the Cretaceous dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era.

The Cretaceous Period, the last period of the Mesozoic Era, refers to about 80 million years spanning from about 145 million years ago to 65 million years ago. During this period, a wide diversity of animals such as ammonites, dinosaurs, and birds, prospered with angiosperms.

Pachycephalosaurus
As an herbivorous dinosaur known as a dome-headed dinosaur, it is characterized by very thick skull that resembled a dome. Domed skull up to 25 cm thick was surrounded by a series of bumps, and the sharp bumps also existed around its mouth. Its flat teeth were bent backwards, with saw-like blades helping it to cut leaves. Pachycephalosaurus lived in U.S. and Canada, grew to be about 8 meters long and weighted 1~2 tons.

Tyrannosaurus
As a carnivorous dinosaur of the late Cretaceous period, it is one of the most frightening and fiercest dinosaurs, as indicated by its name which means "tyrant lizard". It is easily distinguished with anatomical features fit to attack and dominate other dinosaurs such as sharp, cone-shaped teeth as long as 20 cm, saw-like blades both in front and back of the teeth, big and long hind legs, and sharp claws. Tyrannosaurus lived in U.S. and Canada, grew up to 10~14 m long and weighted 4.5~7 tons.

Oviraptor
As an omnivorous dinosaur of the Cretaceous Period, Oviraptor was named "egg stealer" and characterized by a crest on its skull. It had a short dome-shaped skull, curved beak with no teeth, long and slender hind legs and a short tail. Oviraptor was 1.5~2.5 m long and weighted 25~35 kg, which has been found in Mongolia. It is believed that Oviraptor was very agile animal and could run swiftly.

Protoceratops
As an herbivore of the late Cretaceous Period, Protoceratops is characterized by a large skull with a frill comparable to its body size. Its body was bulky like a large pig, showing a primitive form. It also had a beak much like that of a parrot. Equipped with a strong and hard beak with sharp teeth, it is assumed to have been able to masticate plants very well. Protoceratops lived in Mongolia and China, was 1.8 m long and weighted 150 kg.