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Rothschild’s Lost Tusk and the Non-Existent Elephant Pig

Posted by: Karl Shuker on July 10th, 2014

I first came upon the following crypto-case many years ago when browsing through Dr Bernard Heuvelmans’s book Les Derniers Dragons d’Afrique (Plon: Paris, 1978), and it has fascinated me ever since. Recently, I obtained some additional, previously-undisclosed information concerning it, and which turned out to be something of a conundrum in itself.

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Whither the Water Elephant?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on July 9th, 2014

Whereas the African pygmy elephant has attracted appreciable interest and even more appreciable controversy, both within and beyond the cryptozoological community, a second contentious proboscidean reported from the Dark Continent has received far less attention, but in my view is much more intriguing. This latter cryptid is the so-called water elephant. ((c) Markus Bühler The […]

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Glowing Mudskippers and Flashlight Frogs – Two Bioluminescent Mystery Beasts?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on June 14th, 2014

Bioluminescence is the emission of light by certain life forms. These include many known species of bacteria, fungi, protozoans, invertebrates, and fishes, but there are also several controversial examples, including the following couple – both of which may constitute remarkable new species still undescribed by science. (c) Connor Lachmanec (aka The Morlock on Deviantart.com) One […]

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The Partridge Creek Monster – A Living Dinosaur in the Yukon?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on June 13th, 2014

The Arctic wastelands of the Yukon Territory, on the borders of Canada and Alaska, are surely the last place anyone might expect to meet a dinosaur – which is why the following case merits a prominent place among the dubitanda of cryptozoology. The extraordinary tale of the beast from Partridge Creek debuted on 15 April […]

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King Hares and Giant Rabbits – Keeping Cryptozoology on the Hop!

Posted by: Karl Shuker on June 8th, 2014

Closely related to America’s familiar jack rabbits, hares are among the most delightful and enigmatic of British mammals, and down through the ages they have been many things to many people – symbols of fertility, the moon, and Easter, to name but a few. They have also been described in many ways – magical, mystical, […]

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From Big Birds to Bigfoot – Diatryma and a Very Curious Crypto-Dilemma

Posted by: Karl Shuker on May 9th, 2014

It was back in July 1997 when a curious snippet that apparently featured a while earlier on the internet (possibly in the Virtual Bigfoot Conference website) was brought to my attention by English palaeontologist Dr Darren Naish. However, its mysterious claim is still unverified today, so I’m posting it here on Cryptomundo in the hope that […]

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When Julius Caesar Met The Hercynian Unicorn

Posted by: Karl Shuker on May 6th, 2014

Germany has long been associated with unicorn traditions, in particular with the supposed occurrence of dainty white unicorns in the Harz Mountains. In addition, a far more exotic, bizarre version was allegedly sighted in Germany’s HercynianForest by no less eminent an eyewitness than Julius Caesar. (c) Markus Bühler He described it as being an ox […]

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The Big Grey Man of Ben MacDhui – Britain’s Very Own Bigfoot?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on May 2nd, 2014

Ben MacDhui’s principal claim to fame is that, at 4296 ft (1309 m), it is the highest mountain in the Cairngorms range and is second only to Ben Nevis throughout Scotland. However, it is also famous – indeed, infamous – as Scotland’s ‘haunted mountain’, thanks to the sinister entity known as Am Fear Liath Mor, […]

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An Explosive Enigma From Kalmykia – The ‘Other’ Mongolian Death Worm?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on April 23rd, 2014

A very curious type of vermiform mystery beast that may (or may not?) be allied to the notorious Mongolian death worm, but which is much less well known even in cryptozoological circles, has been reported from the steppes and desert dunes of Kalmykia. This is a region of Russia to the north of Chechnya and […]

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Some Fishy Findings Regarding the Monsters of Russia’s Lake Labynkyr

Posted by: Karl Shuker on April 22nd, 2014

Almost 9 miles long, 2.5 miles wide, and up to 260 ft deep in one particular section, Lake Labynkyr in far-eastern Russia‘s Yakutia (Sakha) Republic is not only a large but also a very remote body of icy-cold freshwater. It is not frequently visited by outsiders, but those hardy local hunters that have braved its […]

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Whither the Lost White Eagles of Europe and America?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on April 21st, 2014

To misquote Oscar Wilde: To lose one white eagle may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose both looks like carelessness. In the annals of ornithology, only two types of white eagle have been reported – one in Europe, and one in North America. Both, however, are long vanished, not only from our planet but […]

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Wrong-Footing A One-Legged Mystery Snake From China

Posted by: Karl Shuker on April 15th, 2014

Some zoological photographs are so bizarre that long after they first hit the news headlines, they still continue to circulate online, like restless ghosts doomed to wander forever down the highways and byways of the worldwide web, resisting all attempts to expose them as hoaxes or explain them as grotesque yet nonetheless natural phenomena. One […]

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Did I See an Undescribed Species of Giant Praying Mantis in South Africa?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on April 8th, 2014

The longest species of praying mantis currently known to science is the giant stick mantis Ischnomantis gigas. Brown in colour, enabling it to blend in with the bushes upon which it lives and lies in wait for unwary prey to approach, this mighty mantid is native to Senegal, southern Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Mali, northern Nigeria, […]

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When Flying Cats Were Flying Lemurs

Posted by: Karl Shuker on April 4th, 2014

Colugos must surely be among the most bizarre yet bewitching of all mammals. Native to the tropical forests of southeast Asia, most famous for the extensive gliding membrane (patagium) connecting their limbs, tail, and even the digits of their paws, and as big as a medium-sized possum or very large squirrel, the two modern-day species […]

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Albertus Seba and a Pair of Speckle-coated Mystery Big Cats from the 1750s

Posted by: Karl Shuker on March 16th, 2014

As so often happens during my cryptozoological researches, while seeking something entirely different while browsing online this morning I came upon a remarkable engraving that may have some bearing upon the speckled mystery cat saga.

Albertus Seba (1665-1736), a Dutch pharmacist by trade but inflamed by an unquenchable passion for collecting zoological specimens, was so successful financially in his work that he was able to assemble not one but two truly spectacular, prodigious collections of unprecedented size and scope that gained international acclaim.

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