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Ice Age animal stamps launched

22 March 2006

Five scary beasts that lived tens of thousands of years ago in Ice Age Britain appear on a new set of stamps from the Royal Mail.

Woolly mammoth ice sculpture at the launch of the Royal Mail's set of Ice Age animal stamps

Woolly mammoth ice sculpture at the launch of the Royal Mail's set of Ice Age animal stamps

A sabre-tooth cat, woolly mammoth, cave bear, giant deer and woolly rhino are depicted on the stamps. The creatures were reproduced into spectacular ice sculptures for the launch of the stamp set at the Natural History Museum this week.

Royal Mail's Head of Special Stamps, Julietta Edgar, said: "I'm delighted that millions of people will get the chance to see some of these amazing animals once again, but this time from the safety of a stamp!"

Ice Age remains in the UK

Remains of all of the creatures have been found across the UK, including a woolly rhino fossil under London's Battersea Power Station and a woolly mammoth under The Strand in London.

The Royal Mail worked with the Natural History Museum to produce the stamps and the beautifully detailed engravings are the work of Andrew Davisdson.

Andy Currant, Ice Age Mammals expert at the Natural History Museum, said 'we're discovering new evidence about the Ice Age all the time, and it's fantastic that the stamps show the public some of the animals that roamed these shores.'

'At the Natural History Museum we have the best collection of Ice Age mammal fossils in the UK and, working with experts from other institutions, we're using our resources to try to put together this piece of unwritten history'.

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