Archive for the “Extinct”
Posted by: Karl Shuker on December 10th, 2014
In spring 1987, amid the far northeastern Kamchatka peninsula region of what was then the Soviet Union but is now Russia, hunter Rodion Sivolobov obtained the skin of a giant white bear. To most eyes, it might simply look like the pelt of an over-sized polar bear, but according to Sivolobov, and the area’s local […]
Read: Caterpillar Bears, Bulldog Bears, and God Bears – Ursine Cryptids of Kamchatka »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on December 9th, 2014
…the publication of The Menagerie of Marvels, whose subtitle, A Third Compendium of Extraordinary Animals, reveals that it is volume #3 in my series dealing with extraordinary animals from both cryptozoology and mainstream zoology.
Read: My Menagerie of Marvels is Here! »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on September 6th, 2014
With an area of more than 340,000 square miles, New Guinea is second only to Greenland as the largest island in the world (Australia is bigger than both but is officially deemed an island continent, rather than a mere island). Throughout its length and breadth, however, are dense and often little-explored rainforests where various surprising […]
Read: Dung-Heaps, Devil-Pigs, and Monckton’s Gazeka »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on July 14th, 2014
A very considerable number of unicorn varieties have been differentiated in legends and folklore from around the world – everything from shape-shifting were-unicorns, carnivorous rabbit unicorns, polar bear unicorns with glowing horns, web-footed unicorns, swivel-horned unicorns, and man-eating unicorns with musical horns, to unicorn birds, unicorn snakes, unicorn snails, unicorn pigs, artificially-induced unicorns, and even two-horned unicorns (surely a contradiction in terms!).
Read: Giant Black Unicorns, a Chinese Quasi-Rhino Figurine, and the Enigma of Elasmotherium »
Posted by: Craig Woolheater on July 3rd, 2014
Despite several decades of research, mystery still surrounds the species identity of so-called anomalous primates such as the yeti in the Himalaya, almasty in central Asia and sasquatch/bigfoot in North America. On the one hand, numerous reports including eye-witness and footprint evidence, point to the existence of large unidentified primates in many regions of the world. On the other hand, no bodies or recent fossils of such creatures have ever been authenticated. There is no shortage of theories about what these animals may be, ranging from surviving populations of collateral hominids such as Homo neanderthalensis, Homo floresiensis or Denisovans, extinct apes such as Gigantopithecus or even unlikely hybrids between Homo sapiens and other mammals.
Read: Download Sykes’ Yeti DNA Study Paper Here »
Posted by: Craig Woolheater on July 2nd, 2014
Last night at 7 PM Eastern, Dr. Bryan Sykes’ Bigfoot/Sasquatch/Yeti/Almasty Hair DNA paper was released from embargo.
It immediately starting receiving mainstream media coverage…
Sykes’ book, The Yeti Enigma: A DNA Dectective Story, is available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
Read: Sykes’ Yeti DNA Study Paper Released »
Posted by: Nick Redfern on June 17th, 2014
“When the Wiltshire-based host asked me to comment on the theory that the Nessies are plesiosaurs, I replied it was complete nonsense. For a second or so, there was a noticeable silence…”
Read: Nessie Is Not A Plessie »
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 […]
Read: From Big Birds to Bigfoot – Diatryma and a Very Curious Crypto-Dilemma »
Posted by: John Kirk on May 9th, 2014
New findings concerning Mokele-mbembe have prompted us to launch a major expedition set for late 2014. Watch out for our crowd funding event with some great concessions, coming soon. Thanks for watching!
Read: Mokele Mbembe – A New Hunt Is On! »
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 […]
Read: Whither the Lost White Eagles of Europe and America? »
Posted by: Nick Redfern on March 19th, 2014
“Martin Clemens has a good, thought-provoking new article at Mysterious Universe on the Woolly Mammoth, and specifically on whether or not attempts should be made to clone the creature…”
Read: Cloning the Woolly Mammoth »
Posted by: Scott Mardis on March 14th, 2014
We must remember that the best case for most cryptids at this point in time is based on ambiguous, circumstantial evidence and any possible connections to extinct animals are tenuous at best. Assuming the bulk of descriptive and photographic evidence might be correct and bear some resemblance to a known fossil form, we should not overlook the remarkable phenomenon of convergent evolution. It’s within the realm of possibility that some recently evolved animal, unknown to us in fossil form, has developed features similar to some well known extinct forms.
Read: Prehistoric Survivor Paradigm Under Fire? »
Posted by: Craig Woolheater on March 13th, 2014
Sharon Hill, geologist, skeptic, and Sounds Sciencey columnist, has given the boot (boot? Hill? Get it?) to the claims that prehistoric survivors are still roaming around causing cryptozoologists to get all excited.
Read: Putting the Kibosh on Prehistoric Survivors? »
Posted by: Scott Mardis on March 11th, 2014
Vertebrate paleontologist Darren Naish has posted a wonderful article on the probable behavior and lifestyles of plesiosaurs at his Scientific American blog, Tetrapod Zoology. This is obviously of interest to those in cryptozoology with questions regarding what we know about real plesiosaurs versus speculation about “long necked sea monsters”. Dr. Naish himself does not endorse the “relict plesiosaur” theory but is open minded to the giant long necked seal idea.
Read: Plesiosaur Peril and the Prehistoric Survivor Paradigm »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on February 23rd, 2014
In various of my books, magazine articles, and ShukerNature blog posts, I have documented a number of mystery birds that have appeared in paintings by famous artists and which may conceivably represent lost species undescribed by science. In recent times, several additional examples have come to my attention, but perhaps the most significant of these is the following one, which may feature a hitherto-unrecognised depiction of a long-extinct bird officially known only from a single verbal description.
Read: Dominica’s Dead Parrot – A Perfect Picture of Mystery? »