Happy Darwin Day!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

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Darwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason held on or around February 12, the birthday anniversary of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin.

2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth.

In his On The Origin of Species, published in 1859, Darwin outlined how life evolved through natural selection over millions of years and these British Post Office commemorative stamps - issued on 10 Februrary 1982 in the centenary year of Darwin's death - each celebrate a different area of Darwin's study.

15 1/2 pence: The giant tortoises of the Galapagos islands;

19 1/2 pence: The Dark Marine Iguana and the Land Iguana of the Galapagos islands;

26 pence: The Cactus Ground Finch and Large Ground Finch from the Galapagos islands now known as Darwin's Finches;

29 pence: Prehistoric skulls.

The stamps were designed by David Gentleman and printed in photogravure by Harrison and Sons. The Stanley Gibbons stamp references are 1175 to 1178 inclusive.

Charles Darwin Death Centenary Stamps - 1982

Croatia 2009 Science Festival Charles Darwin spec postmark
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2009 GB QEII ROYAL MAIL DX45 CHARLES DARWIN PRESTIGE BOOK PANE 2905A MNH
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2009 GB QEII ROYAL MAIL DX45 CHARLES DARWIN PRESTIGE BOOK PANE Y1762L MNH
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2009 GB QEII ROYAL MAIL DX45 CHARLES DARWIN PRESTIGE BOOK PANE 2904A MNH
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GB QEII 1982 set SG1175 8 Death Centenary of Charles Darwin
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