Charles Darwin Postage Stamp Set
2009 marks the 200 year anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. It also marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection”, which was written by Charles Darwin in 1859. Great Britain paid tribute this year to Charles Darwin and his scientific works by issuing a brilliant set of postage stamps in his honor.
Charles Darwin is known for his position that he took on evolution. He believed that evolution occurred and that the evolutionary changes took place over millions of years. He also believed in a process called “natural selection” which is one of the current concepts of modern biology. His final theory about evolution is that all species came from a single life form. His beliefs in evolution contradicted many religious beliefs then, and still do today.
The commemorative stamps that the Royal Mail issued featured six different stamps that look like puzzle pieces, each one fitting into the next. Each piece of the puzzle represents a piece of Darwin’s work. There is a picture of Darwin, a Marine Iguana, Galapagos Finches, Pacific Atoll, Bee Orchard and an Orangutan. There was also a miniature stamp sheet that showcases unique wildlife that can be found on the Galapagos Islands which Darwin encountered on his first scientific expedition in 1831.