China – Darwin link – Dinosaurs

The Chinese word for dinosaurs is ‘Konglong’ and translates as terrible dragon. (Dinosaur is from the Greek words, deinos meaning fearful and sauros meaning lizard.) China is one of the most popular areas in the world for new dinosaur discoveries. Well over a hundred species have been described since 1925 and many eggs and trackways have also been uncovered. Large bones have been found in China for centuries and early manuscripts refer to ‘dragon’ bones that we would now call dinosaurs. Bone carvings from the Shang Dynasty (16th-11th century BC) mention the existence of dragons.

Lufengosaurus was first found in 1930 and was one of the most complete dinosaurs found in China up until then. It came from Upper Triassic rocks of about 200mya in Yunnan Province in the south west. It was about 20ft/6m long, probably moved on all fours for some of the time and could easily have stood on its hind legs to reach tree top foliage.

Here is a picture of a rare first day cover featuring Lufengosaurus and the other two stamps in the set – a trilobite, Kaolishania and a deer, Sinomegaceros.

2 Responses to “China – Darwin link – Dinosaurs”

  1. Damien Says:

    this is a very nice first day cover. Would you happen to know if I may purchase it? I would like to have it display in our dinosaur museum.
    Thank you,
    D. Leloup

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