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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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Cloning the Woolly Mammoth

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…”

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Prehistoric Survivor Paradigm Under Fire?

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.

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Putting the Kibosh on Prehistoric Survivors?

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.

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Plesiosaur Peril and the Prehistoric Survivor Paradigm

Posted by: Scott Mardis on March 11th, 2014

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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.

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Dominica’s Dead Parrot – A Perfect Picture of Mystery?

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.

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Commenting on the Thylacine

Posted by: Nick Redfern on November 27th, 2013

“The thylacine is not extinct. I say this without reservation. I don’t suppose the thylacine (or Tasmanian tiger) remains extant, or imagine, or even hope it is; I know categorically that the thylacine exists, because I have seen it in the flesh.”

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Rediscovery of Saola

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on November 15th, 2013

‘Asian Unicorn’ Sighted in Vietnam after 15 years

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CFZ-Thylacine Update

Posted by: Nick Redfern on November 12th, 2013

“The terrain is very wild and the human population near non-existent. I am in no doubt of the thylacine’s continued survival…”

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CFZ Thylacine Expedition

Posted by: Nick Redfern on November 5th, 2013

“If the Center for Fortean Zoology’s expedition does indeed uncover evidence that the thylacine really is still with us (albeit with us in an incredibly stealthy fashion!), it would be amazing news…”

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Seeking the Thylacine

Posted by: Nick Redfern on November 2nd, 2013

“An international team of naturalists from the Centre for Fortean Zoology has arrived in Tasmania for the first in a series of well-resourced and professional expeditions into Tasmania’s wilderness to hunt for evidence of the Tasmanian tiger…”

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I Thought I Saw A Terror Saur! Do Prehistoric Flying Reptiles Still Exist?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on October 7th, 2013

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Could these cryptozoological creatures possibly be surviving pterosaurs? Read their histories here, and judge for yourself.

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Shadows in the Scrub

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on September 8th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_69884" align="alignnone" width="300"]The last Tasmanian Tigers in captivity. The last Tasmanian Tigers in captivity.[/caption]

When the English arrived in Tasmania in the early nineteenth century, stories justifying their anxiety about this new country flourished. This was not only an unfamiliar landscape but there was a carnivore lurking in the scrub.

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Woolly Mammoth Filmed in 1943?

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on September 6th, 2013

Is this real footage of a Woolly Mammoth filmed in Siberia in 1943?

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In Search of the Elusive Scarlet Viper

Posted by: Karl Shuker on September 2nd, 2013

The common European adder or viper Vipera berus occasionally produces albinistic and melanistic individuals, due to the expression of certain mutant gene alleles. Of course, these are not separate species, merely genetically-induced morphs of the common adder. As recently as the mid-1800s, however, many natural history tomes were still soberly stating that Britain was also […]

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