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Dinosaur Capital Gets Stamp of Approval

 

Dinosaur Capital Gets Stamp Of Approval

 The Isle of Wight’s reputation as the Dinosaur Capital of Britain has been further enhanced thanks to the announcement that the Royal Mail is set to bring unveil ten commemorative dinosaur stamps – each featuring drawings by internationally famous Isle of Wight artist, John Sibbick.

The stamps depict ten ‘British’ dinosaurs, of which fossils from seven of the ten featured on the stamps have been previously found on the Isle of Wight.  Many of these fossils are on display at Dinosaur Isle in Sandown on The Isle of Wight.

To coincide with the launch of the Royal Mail’s special issue of stamps, on October 10th, the museum will be hosting an exhibition telling the story of the creation of the work by John Sibbick.

He said: “I always knew that designing and illustrating stamps was a rigorous and painstaking process.  To get the opportunity was a dream come true, especially depicting the world famous dinosaurs found on the Isle of Wight.  To get such access to fossil dinosaur bones, tracks and the plants in their environment on the Isle of Wight makes the reconstruction process a much more vivid experience.”

The stamps feature some of the UK’s most famous dinosaurs, including pterosaurs and marine reptiles.  Among the dinosaurs discovered on the Isle of Wight were: Baryonyx, which was the biggest UK meat eater of the time; and the Hypsilophodon, which was a small plant eater.

Dinosaur Isle’s general manager, Peter Pusey, said: “Only last year we were delighted to receive the donation of an impressive Baryonyx tooth discovered here on a local beach.  We are now thrilled to display this specimen alongside the stamps that capture this period of pre-history and bring it back to life.”

The exhibition will be on display in the museum from October 10th, until Christmas.  More details can be found at www.dinosaurisle.com.

Confirmed as the “Dinosaur Capital of Great Britain” by the Natural History Museum of London at the start of this year, and now offering all visitors an App which allows them to be photographed while walking with dinosaurs, the Isle of Wight is also linked with a major new film WALKING WITH DINOSAURS: THE 3D MOVIE due for launch in December.  For more details, visit http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/dinosaur-island.Ends

For further information, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Isle of Wight Press Officer

Tel: 07766 705672      E-mail: sue@visitwight.co.uk