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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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Contemplating the Con Rit

Posted by: Karl Shuker on February 16th, 2014

When it debuted in his classic tome In the Wake of the Sea-Serpents (1968), Dr Bernard Heuvelmans’s bold classification of sea serpents into no less than nine well-defined types was widely hailed within the cryptozoological community as a milestone in cryptid research, and it is still widely referred to today. However, the validity of certain […]

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“Creepy, Strange Bird found in Venezuela: Mothman?”

Posted by: Regan Lee on January 28th, 2014

Anyway, on to Mothman. Not.

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Portraits of a Potoo – Neither an Avian Alien Nor the Bird From Hell!

Posted by: Karl Shuker on January 25th, 2014

Facebook never disappoints me as a rich source of the exceedingly weird but also very wonderful when it comes to the animal world, and yesterday was no exception. During its early hours, I was browsing the recent posts of various FB friends when I came upon a quartet of photographs depicting a truly remarkable- (and […]

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Look Out For The Invisible Catfish!

Posted by: Karl Shuker on January 23rd, 2014

By definition, no-one has ever seen such a creature, because if they have done, it can’t have been invisible – or can it?

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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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Sherlock Holmes and the Speckled Band – An Unknown Species of Reptile?

Posted by: Karl Shuker on January 6th, 2014

According to a number of Sherlockian scholars, today, 6 January, is Sherlock Holmes’s birthday – so it seemed a very appropriate day upon which to present the following ShukerNature investigation concerning one of Holmes’s most deadly, non-human opponents – the Speckled Band.   (c) Tim Morris During his numerous cases, the famous if fictitious consulting […]

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The Dragons of Oceania

Posted by: Karl Shuker on December 15th, 2013

Bunyip-Richard-Svensson

Dragons belonging to the wingless but quadrupedal classical category are most closely associated with Europe, but some have been reported far away from that continent.

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Pigging Out At Christmas – It’s Grim With The Gloso

Posted by: Karl Shuker on December 11th, 2013

Gloso-Richard-Svensson

In Skåne and Blekinge, the two southernmost provinces of Sweden, a very daunting creature pervades the Season of Goodwill, and its presence is anything but good. Scarcely known outside its Scandinavian provenance, outwardly it resembles a pig, but no ordinary one, for this preternatural entity is in many ways the porcine equivalent of Britain’s phantasmal Black Dogs, and is just as dangerous!

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Behold – The Giant Pink Slugs of Mount Kaputar

Posted by: Karl Shuker on December 5th, 2013

Sometimes, the most surprising discoveries can be right before our eyes, without even being recognised. Take the remarkable case of the giant pink slugs of remote Mount Kaputar in New South Wales, Australia.   (© NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service)   Measuring a very sizeable 8 in long, and boasting an extremely bright, fluorescent […]

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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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The Dragons Have Landed! My All-New Second Dragons Book is Here!

Posted by: Karl Shuker on November 28th, 2013

Dragons in Zoology, Cryptozoology, and Culture

Hot on the heels of Mirabilis comes my latest, 20th book – Dragons in Zoology, Cryptozoology, and Culture, newly published by Coachwhip Publications (Greenville, Ohio), just in time for Christmas!

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Dr. Karl P.N. Shuker on “Mirabilis A Carnival of Cryptozoology and Unnatural History”

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on November 25th, 2013

Over the past few years, I had written many magazine articles and had also blogged on my ShukerNature blog about a wide range of particularly unusual or little-known mystery and controversial animals, and had subsequently obtained further information concerning many of these. So I decided to update a selection of the most interesting and entertaining of these articles as chapters for an entire book, and thus Mirabilis was born.

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Farewell, Little Snowflake – Ten Years On, My Tribute To The World’s Only White Gorilla

Posted by: Karl Shuker on November 22nd, 2013

He was claimed to be the most photographed animal of all time (even appearing on the front cover of dance music duo Basement Jaxx’s album Rooty), and he was indisputably one of the animal kingdom’s greatest, most readily recognisable icons. He died 10 years ago this week. So here is my tribute to Little Snowflake […]

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The Iraqi Afa – A Middle Eastern Mystery Lizard

Posted by: Karl Shuker on November 21st, 2013

One of the world’s most obscure cryptozoological reptiles is the afa – a Middle Eastern mystery lizard briefly reported by explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger in his book The Marsh Arabs (1964).   But what can it be – and does it even still exist today? Further details can be found here on my ShukerNature blog.

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