Stamp booklet celebrates centenary of the Swedish Museum of Natural History

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25 January 2016
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natural-scientific-museum-sweden-stamps-l-300x551-30717.jpg The five stamps feature landmark species in Sweden's natural history
Postnord has announced the issue of a stamp booklet celebrating 100 years of the Swedish Museum of Natural History.

Postnord has announced the issue of a stamp booklet celebrating 100 years of the Swedish Museum of Natural History.

The booklet features five stamps which represent the diversity and importance of Sweden's natural history. The first stamp features the museum's dome and a quagga (Equus quagga Quagga), an extinct subspecies of the plains zebra. Next is a dinosaur-themed stamp showing a newly hatched maiasaura  a royal fern (Osmunda regalis), a plant which has remained largely unchanged for 10 million years, when dinosaurs walked the earth.

The third stamp features Silvianthemum suecicum, an 80-million-year-old flower fossil discovered in Skane, Sweden, as well as magnified pollen grains from a dandelion, masur birch and amaranth. The final two stamps show a predaceous diving beetle and a woolly mammoth.

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THE SWEDISH MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

The Swedish Museum of Natural History, also known as the Palace of Nature, was founded in Stockholm in 1819 (the present building was completed in 1916). It is Sweden's largest museum building and is known for its large dome, designed by architect Axel Anderberg. The museum's early collections came from donations made to the Royal Swedish Academy of Scientists at its founding in 1739.