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21 April 2005
7/2005
Miniature Sheet

Creature of the Slime

Australia
This stamp issue focuses on the world's first animals - multicellular organisms, some probably relatede to worms, jellyfish, and snails, dating back some 560 million years.

Known as Ediacaran fossils, predating dinosaurs by million of years, these creatures have a particular connection to Australia. They are named after the Ediacaran Hills of the world heritage Flinders Ranges in South Australia. This is one of the four best places in the world where fossils on these first animals can be found.

Of the 100 to 150 different species which have been discovered worldwide, between 30 and 40 are found in the Flinders Ranges. In 1946, an Australian mining geologist named Reginald C. Sprigg found fossilised imprints. The name "Ediacaran" comes from an Aboriginal world meaning "veinlike spring" of water.

Charnodiscus  

Charnodiscus

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A feather-like organism.

Tribrachidium  

Tribrachidium

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May have lived on the sea floor.

Dickinsonia  

Dickinsonia

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A "germ eater" having a very elegant form.

Spriggina  

Spriggina

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Between an arthropod and a segmented annelid worm.

Kimberella  

Kimberella

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Probably a soft shelled molusc.

Inaria  

Inaria

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May be one of the oldest fossils of an animal showing the entire body.

Technical Information

Issue Date: 2005-04-21
FDI Withdrawal Date: 2005-05-20
Denominations: 5 x 50c, 1 x $1.00
Designer: Belinda Marshall, Australia Post Design Studio
Printer: SNP Sprint
Paper: Tullis Russell
Printing Process: Lithography
Size: 37.5mm x 26mm
Performations: 13.86 x 14.6
Sheet Layout: Modules of 50
National Postmark: GPO Sudney, NSW 2000
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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