News Release, U.S. Postal Service
Tyrannosaurus rexdominated the tail end of the dinosaur age. A recent surge in discoveries has revolutionized our understanding of the fierce carnivore.
Four dynamic designs on a pane of 16 stamps depict the awe-inspiring dinosaur in growth stages from infancy to adulthood.
One design illustrates a face-to-face encounter with aT. rexapproaching through a forest clearing; another shows the same young adultT. rexwith a youngTriceratops —both dinosaurs shown in fossil form.
The third and fourth stamps depict a newly hatchedT. rexcovered with downy feathers and a bare-skinned juvenileT. rexchasing a primitive mammal.
“The Nation’sT. rex,”the young adult depicted on two of the stamps, was discovered on federal land in Montana and is one of the most studied and important specimens ever found. Its remains are now exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps with original artwork by scientist and paleoartist Julius T. Csotonyi.
TheTyrannosaurus Rexstamps are being issued as Forever stamps. Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.