The dinosaur stamps featuring the artwork of Isle of Wight artist John Sibbick. Image courtesy of Isle of Wight Council/Royal Mail.
A SET of dinosaur-themed stamps featuring the work of an Isle of Wight artist is to be issued by the Royal Mail.
The stamps feature illustrations by John Sibbick of ten dinosaurs, including seven previously found on the Isle of Wight.
Mr Sibbick said: "I always knew that designing and illustrating stamps was a rigorous and painstaking process. To get the opportunity was a dream come true especially depicting the world famous dinosaurs found on the Isle of Wight.
"To get such access to fossil dinosaur bones, tracks and the plants in their environment on the Isle of Wight makes the reconstruction process a much more vivid experience."
On October 10, to coincide with the launch of the stamps, Dinosaur Isle will host an exhibition telling the story of the creation of the work by Mr Sibbick. The exhibition will run until Christmas.
Dinosaur Isle's general manager Peter Pusey said: "Only last year we were delighted to receive the donation of an impressive Baryonyx tooth discovered here on a local beach.
"We are now thrilled to display this specimen alongside the stamps that capture this period of pre-history and bring it back to life."
The stamps feature images of Polacanthus, Ichthyosaurus, Iguanodon, Ornithocheirus, Baryonyx, Plesiosaurus, Hypsilophodon, Dimorphodon, Cetiosaurus and Megalosaurus.