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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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Mountain Monsters: Uncaged

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on April 3rd, 2014

Starting at 3 PM CST Friday, April 4 and leading all the way up to the Season 2 Premiere episode Kentucky Hellhound of Pike County at 9 PM, and then continuing on until 4 AM CST, Destination America is running “enhanced episodes from Season 1 that they are calling Mountain Monsters: Uncaged.

Full of cast facts, tweets, and bonus scenes

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The Monster-Hunting Team is Back!

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on March 27th, 2014

Catch all new episodes of Mountain Monsters premiering Friday, April 4, at 10/9c. Only on Destination America!

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Mountain Monsters: Beastly Second Season

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on March 20th, 2014

Appalachia is a region known for its rough terrain, rich history, and distinct local flavor, but the age-old recipe for brewing moonshine isn’t the only secret hiding in these hills. Destination America’s breakout hit series MOUNTAIN MONSTERS is back, following a team of expert hunters and trappers as they defend their mountain brethren from mysterious monsters that have spawned countless sightings in the Appalachian wilderness for generations. Legendary local beasts like the Hellhound, Yahoo, Fire Dragon, and Hogzilla aren’t just old wives tales, and the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings (AIMS) is in hot pursuit to prove it. As native sons of West Virginia, AIMS and their leader John “Trapper” Tice have spent their entire lives navigating the backcountry, surviving off the land, and practicing do-it-yourself resourcefulness in a region where time stands still. Putting a lifetime of training to the test, the AIMS team investigates, tracks, and attempts to trap these evasive creatures in 14 all-new episodes. The second season of MOUNTAIN MONSTERS premieres Friday, April 4 at 10/9c on Destination America.

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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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Anomalous Jaguars and Other Speckled Mystery Cats From South America

Posted by: Karl Shuker on March 13th, 2014

Jardine’s enigmatic 19th-Century illustration of a putative speckle-coated jaguar

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Cats With Jet Packs!

Posted by: Nick Redfern on March 11th, 2014

“Images from the manual, which was digitised by the University of Pennsylvania, appear to show jet packs strapped to the backs of cats and doves.”

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My Top 10 Cryptozoological Locations in Britain

Posted by: Karl Shuker on March 3rd, 2014

Loch Ness monster, Richard Svensson (2)
Nessie and family ((c) Richard Svensson)

What do Cannock Chase, Renwick, Exmoor, Drummans, Falmouth Bay, and Bala Lake all have in common? If I added Loch Ness to the list, I’m sure that you’d guess much more readily. Yes indeed, they are all locations in Britain linked to sightings of mystery creatures.

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Paranormal Mystery Cats

Posted by: Nick Redfern on February 27th, 2014

“A large black cat seen at an ancient historical site, a second encountered while the witness was in a distinctly altered state, and a third seen racing across a road: what do they all have in common?”

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Photographing Cryptids for National Geographic Magazine

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on February 27th, 2014

Wouldn’t it be great to get photographs of Sasquatch or other cryptids like these?

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Britain’s Early ABCs

Posted by: Nick Redfern on February 24th, 2014

“For decades, reports have surfaced all across the British Isles of sightings of what have become known as “Alien Big Cats,” or ABCs. Ascertaining where, exactly, the creatures come from is an issue that has, in many ways, polarized the ABC research community into various camps. And, it scarcely needs saying, the debate has sometimes reached near-inflammatory proportions!”

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A Cryptid “Hangar 18?”

Posted by: Nick Redfern on January 30th, 2014

“Welcome to the controversial saga of the morgue of monsters.”

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Exposing Online Fakes and Frauds of the Cryptozoological Kind

Posted by: Karl Shuker on January 10th, 2014

The internet is the natural home of some very unnatural creatures – fakes, frauds, and the falsely identified. Many of them attract only fleeting, transient attention before being soundly exposed and permanently discredited. However, there is also a hardcore set whose members simply refuse to die – being revived time and time again by unsuspecting […]

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Alien Big Cat Hoax

Posted by: Nick Redfern on December 13th, 2013

“Two City of London forest keepers had quite a fright on Wednesday when they peered through the fog and spotted what appeared to be a black panther in Epping Forest, Essex…”

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Volume 2 of the Journal of Cryptozoology is Here!

Posted by: Karl Shuker on December 5th, 2013

Do undiscovered mini-man-beasts inhabit the tiny Indonesian island of Flores? Is a king cheetah depicted in an Indian painting from the Mughal Empire? How can the diversity of lake monsters in Spain be explained? What is the identity of a controversial African ape called the koolookamba?

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