Archive for the “Extinct”
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? »
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.”
Read: Commenting on the Thylacine »
Posted by: Craig Woolheater on November 15th, 2013
‘Asian Unicorn’ Sighted in Vietnam after 15 years
Read: Rediscovery of Saola »
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…”
Read: CFZ-Thylacine Update »
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…”
Read: CFZ Thylacine Expedition »
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…”
Read: Seeking the Thylacine »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on October 7th, 2013
Could these cryptozoological creatures possibly be surviving pterosaurs? Read their histories here, and judge for yourself.
Read: I Thought I Saw A Terror Saur! Do Prehistoric Flying Reptiles Still Exist? »
Posted by: Craig Woolheater on September 8th, 2013
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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.
Read: Shadows in the Scrub »
Posted by: Craig Woolheater on September 6th, 2013
Is this real footage of a Woolly Mammoth filmed in Siberia in 1943?
Read: Woolly Mammoth Filmed in 1943? »
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 […]
Read: In Search of the Elusive Scarlet Viper »
Posted by: Craig Woolheater on August 23rd, 2013
Every six weeks, Michael Moss trudges into the muddy and mosquito-plagued terrain to a secret site where he hopes hidden cameras will finally give him the proof he needs – that the Tasmanian tiger is alive, well and living right here in Victoria.
Read: Tassie Tiger Hunt »
Posted by: Karl Shuker on August 12th, 2013
Largest of today’s living tapir species, and the only one that is native to the Old World, the Malayan tapir Tapirus indicus is further distinguished by its striking ‘saddle’ of white, encompassing much of its torso and haunches. In total contrast, its four New World relatives are all uniformly dark. Naturally, therefore, zoologists were nonplussed when one of the adult Malayan tapirs sent to Rotterdam Zoo in spring 1924 from Sumatra proved to be entirely black, with no saddle.
Read: Brevet’s Black Malayan Tapir – A Forgotten Asian Mystery Beast Resurrected »