This new stamp issue by artist Peter Trusler and paleontologist Pat Vickers-Rich shows six different species from Australian megafauna which roamed Gondwanaland. This was a supercontinent which existed for hundreds of millions of years and began to break up more than 100 million years ago.
Peter Trusler is an Honorary Research Associate in the School of Geosciences and principal in the Palaeontological Laboratory at Monash University. Professor Pat Vickers-Rich is Director of the Monash Science Centre.
All of the Megafauna went extinct approximately 50,000 years ago except for the Tasmanian Tiger which was still alive last century so the artist had to base his images on fossils and relics.
The Wildlife of Gondwana travelling exhibition which opened at Monash University's Science Centre today not only has giant versions of the stamps but 300 original and cast fossils as well as other images by Trusler.