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21 April 2005
7/2005
Commemorative Issue

Creature of the Slime - Miniature Sheet

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.

Creature of the Slime Miniature Sheet  

Creature of the Slime Miniature Sheet

Technical Information

Issue Date: 2005-04-21
FDI Withdrawal Date: 2005-05-20
Denominations: 1 x $3.50
Designer: Belinda Marshall, Australia Post Design Studio
Printer: SNP Sprint
Paper: Tullis Russell
Printing Process: Lithography
Size: 170mm x 210mm
Special Feature: Glow in the dark ink used on miniature sheet outer area
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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