Cryptids

  • THERE WERE GIANTS
  • THE GREYS
  • THE UNICORN
  • THE STAR CHILD
  • THE MINOTAUR
  • THE SASQUATCH
  • THE SPHINX
THERE WERE GIANTS1 THE GREYS2 THE UNICORN3 THE STAR CHILD4 THE MINOTAUR5 THE SASQUATCH6 THE SPHINX7
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LET'S LOOK AT CRYPTOZOOLOGY
IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM: HAS MAN ALWAYS REIGNED ALONE?

The concept of The Monster, we would suggest, is ubiquitous. Modern literature, theatre and the arts explore it. Myth and legends from all around the world attest to it. The vampire, the werewolf, the lich, the leprechaun. The very appearence and presence of these creatures seems like a distortion or an adaptation of the sacred body of man. When one goes far enough back there are stories and traditions about other beasts, far from human yet poweful and with a dangerous and lethal intellect. Few people these days believe that there were once dragons on the Earth, or in the oceans, or that knights in ancient times and in lands, close to us and distant, fought for their lives and for the preservation of their species. And yet we must accept that there is much about this world and about its ancient history which we simply do not know. Sir Richard Owen, the nineteenth century Lancastrian scholar developed the theory of the dinosaur to explain the skeletal remains of beasts of a massive size and fossils of the greatest possible antiquity. It is foolish, they say, to believe in vampires or in dragons but with the importance of materialism and scientific evidence and the modern objective mind there is a great concensus in the existence of astonishing, giant creatures who stalked the earth before any man, born of woman or by the will of God had once set foot upon the earth. If one considers the catastrophist hypothesis of human civilisation then could it not be that there were many species which did not survive into these time in the archaeological record but which survived in legends? There again there are other narratives. Has it not been said, by many modern authors, that man is the result of genetic experiments upon hominid creatures by some higher intelligence, that is by a god? When one studies the legends and religious texts of the major religions, there are often allusions to such concepts. Adam, after all, the progenitor of the modern Christian was shaped from clay. According to Genesis 2:7 "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." There are a huge number of persons who in one time and location or another have attested to having witnessed the presence of a physical form, of a creature, the description of which could not be recognised in any part of the zoological records of the Animal Kingdom. Finally, it may be very incautious to rule out the existence of the cryptid. Are we really at the top of the food chain? Thousands of people around the globe claim that they have had encounters with the so-called 'Grays'. What if they are really a terrestrial species, with a higher intellect than our own and what if their long term plans for us are not to help us but to harvest us? The List of cryptids is extensive. Many researchers have contributed to the field. Although the field of cryptozoology is widely considered a pseudo science AOAS feel that the attitude of the writer Charles Fort is of great significance. According to the Wikipedia entry for the Book of the Damned: "Fort charged that mainstream scientists are conformists who believe in what is accepted and popular, and never really search for truth that may be contrary to what they believe. He also compared the close-mindedness of many scientists to that of religious fundamentalists, implying that the supposed "battle" between science and religion is just a distraction for the fact that, in his opinion, science is, in essence, simply a de facto religion." READ MORE

MICHAEL TSARION

The scholar Michael Tsarion made a very deep study within the field of cryptozoology. In his book Atlantis, Alien Visitation and Genetic Manipulation there is a wealth of information which will aid any serious researcher. There are many mysteries and unanswered questions about the genesis of mankind and our prehistoric origins. The case for an alien intervention in human genetics is suggested by the seeming anomaly of human development. Lawrence Gardner in his book Genesis of the Grail Kings puts it this way: "It took man over a million years to progress from using stones as he found them to the realization that they could be chipped and flaked to better purpose. It then took another 500,000 years before Neanderthal man mastered the concept of stone tools, and a further 50,000 years before crops were cultivated and metallurgy was discovered. Such was the long and arduous natural process which brought humankind to about 5000 bc. Hence, by all scales of evolutionary reckoning, we should still be far removed from any basic understanding of mathematics, engineering or science - but here we are, only 7000 years later, landing probes on Mars. ". Tsarion himself has made many comments which are very controversial and will be denied by mainstream science. Drawing together and analysing many of the myth and legends from the ancient world he discusses the possibility that humans may have been bred or genetically altered by a higher intelligence and that we may have originated in the experimentation of the ancient scientists of the kingdom of Atlantis. He says "...genetic interference of the Earth races resulted in several hybrid creatures, one of whom I will refer to as "Homo Atlantis." Each and every living "Adamic" human of the last 10 millennia or more is descended from this exceptional being. Every one of us has both "human" and "alien" DNA. This is exactly what we have been told in all the world's sundry myths, from the Celtic and Arthurian legends to the Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is also implied by recent scientific findings in the geological record and the biology and genetics of humans, findings which are being sequestered by those with a vested interest in maintaining the present status quo. Its greatest proof, one can argue, lies in the mysteriously destructive behavior that we modern humans have adopted toward our own home planet, the animal kingdom, and the indigenous peoples who have lived in relative harmony with the planet.". Another interesting idea, which one finds in Tsarion, is that some of the legendary cryptids may have been identical with the fallen angels of the Bible, the Nephilim. He says "More than 30,000 written documents from around the world tell of advanced beings who came to earth or were already living on the earth. The word Nephilim means those who cast down, not came down. An Indian document tells of a demon race that invaded three planetary systems. Opposing demons was the Hindu God Shiva who possesses a powerful weapon he fired at the enemy airships. Many of these documents were taken out of the Bhagavad Gita, when they came to passages like this they would skip it, they knew about what it would mean. Who are these beings that fly in a cloud like doves to their windows?"

MICHAEL TSARION Atlantis, Alien Visitation,and Genetic Manipulation

THE CRYPTIDS: There have always been reports of strange creatures. The ancient Nagas were said to be powerful and cunning, half-snake and half like man. They are a well known feature in the ancient Hindu stories and in the grand architechture of the ancient temples. Could they really have existed? Why do we assume that because a species is not present among us that it is but a legend? Are scientists ever biased in an unnatural favoritism to the mundane? There are many great wildernesses in the world. Of the reported predators in the broad forest and woodland of the United States, the Skunk Ape is said to be a fearsome beast. Is it a relative to the American Sasquatch, or to the Yeti? Even in England, in Somerset, there is said to be strange and menacing creature, rarely seen but waiting in the darkness. In the ancient Cheddar Gorge, where the skeleton of Britain's oldest man was found, there have been reports of a hostile creature appearing much like the 'Goblin' of ancient English folklore. Is it real? Does it live in the deeper heart of the cave system, in some quiet and impracticable recesses or channel? Is it related, as some people believe, to the Mexican legends of the Chupacabra?

Nagas
Skunk Ape
Cheddar Goblin
CRYPTOZOOLOGY: MEANING


TERMINOLOGY, HISTORY APPROACH
As a field, cryptozoology originates from the works of colleagues Bernard Heuvelmans, a Belgian-French zoologist, and Ivan T. Sanderson, a Scottish zoologist. Notably, Heuvelmans published On the Track of Unknown Animals (French Sur la Piste des Bêtes Ignorées) in 1955, a landmark work among cryptozoologists that was followed by numerous other like works. Similarly, Sanderson published a series of books that assisted in developing hallmarks of cryptozoology, including Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life (1961).[1] The term cryptozoology dates from cryptozoologist circles from 1959 or before—Heuvelmans attributes the coinage of the term cryptozoology ('the study of hidden animals') to Sanderson.[1][2] Patterned after cryptozoology, the term cryptid was coined in 1983 by cryptozoologist J. E. Wall in the September edition of the International Society of Cryptozoology Newsletter. ...READ MORE
RECEPTION, CRITICISM
The 2003 discovery of the fossil remains of Homo floresiensis was cited by paleontologist Henry Gee, a senior editor at the journal Nature, as possible evidence that "in geological terms, makes it more likely that stories of other mythical, human-like creatures such as yetis are founded on grains of truth." "Cryptozoology," Gee says, "can come in from the cold."[4] However, cryptozoology is widely criticised for an array of reasons and is rejected by the academic world. There is a broad consensus from academics that cryptozoology is a pseudoscience.[5][6][7][8] The field is regularly criticized for reliance on anecdotal information[9] and because cryptozoologists do not follow the scientific method, devoting a substantial portion of their efforts to investigations of animals that most scientists believe are unlikely to have existed.[10] In a 2011 foreword for The American Biology Teacher, then National Association of Biology Teachers ...READ MORE
RECEPTION, CRITICISM (CONTINUED)
president Dan Ward uses cryptozoology as an example of "technological pseudoscience" that may confuse students about the scientific method. Ward says that "Cryptozoology … is not valid science or even science at all. It is monster hunting."[11] Historian of science Brian Regal includes an entry for cryptozoology in his Pseudoscience: A Critical Encyclopedia (2009). Regal says that "as an intellectual endeavor, cryptozoology has been studied as much as cryptozoologists have sought hidden animals".[12] In a 1992 issue of Folklore, folklorist Véronique Campion-Vincent says: Unexplained appearances of mystery animals are reported all over the world today. Beliefs in the existence of fabulous and supernatural animals are ubiquitous and timeless. In the continents discovered by Europe indigenous beliefs and tales have strongly influenced the perceptions of the conquered confronted by a new natural environment...READ MORE

RICHARD J DEWHURST

Were there once Giants upon this Earth? The Bible attests to it. AOAS state that the reality of this world is that it is mysterious and largely unknown and that although we respect the philosophy of science and the transactions of worthy scientists we strongly object to that unfortunate tendency among educated people of damning and slandering a conjecture, an hypothesis or a theory on the basis of it being novel or amazing or if it leads into tortuous and difficult avenues of enquiry. We welcome the work of thinking people who, when in the study of some new aspect of the world, go head first into a discourse and, being driven forward in the wave, return to the bank with their bounty. Richard J Dewhurst became interested in the possibility that there were once Giants in the world. He studied and analysed the available evidence and was able to synthesise a theory which offered an account of the ancient history of America. You may, if you wish, take an extreme sceptic approach to his work, you may object and argue the merits and demerits of his study but, we implore you, please don't discount it or abuse it simply because it is controversial and wonderous, for in that approach, AOAS says, is the rejection of a real and sacred part of the heart and spirit of man. We also offer a warning: If one rejects something because it is wonderful then some unscrupulous and undeserving party will surely take possession of it and will be willing to use it against you. The latter point is another issue which Dewhurst deals with in his book in the alleged cynicism of the Smithsonian and their attempts at concealing and covering up the true evidence of the history of America. From Chapter 2 of Dewhurst's book: "While the idea of prehistoric giants inhabiting the United States may seem strange to us today or the result of some fantastic hoax, in the nineteenth century, reports of archaeological evidence regarding giants were commonplace. In addition, one must remember that America was an agrarian society at this time and its citizens were in regular contact with their fields, as well as the mounds and the remains they found while plowing. Knowledge of the giants was part of the current thinking, as was a heightened awareness of who the mound builders really were. As this chapter demonstrates, highly credible reports of skeletons and artifacts, from the eastern states to the Pacific Ocean, appeared in newspapers across the country with surprising frequency. The fact that this idea seems so strange to us today can be directly attributed, at least in part, to the role the Smithsonian played in suppressing the evidence, as attested by several of the reports documented here." (READ MORE)

CREDO MUTWA

As we have said before the AOAS Group considers David Icke to be an important and worthy man. He has spoken out about many social, cultural and even educational issues which many people in the United Kingdom have ignored. However, we do not agree with some of his statements and beliefs. In particular we contest the notion that the Royal House of the United Kingdom are actually so distinct from the common men and women of Britain as to be possessed of a reptilian physiology. We also say that they are most certainly not capable of shifting their form and shape in the way that Icke and others have suggested. It is one of the sad facts of life in modern Britain that there is such disregard for British history that some people support, what AOAS thinks, is a rather unnatural and unkind demarcation of character between the evryday chap and anybody whose forefathers were instrumental in the formation and development of the United Kingdom. David Icke presented a fascinating idea which he shared with the British public: Is it possible that somewhere, hidden in some dark unvisited cavern, or hidden in plain sight through some strtange cloaking technology, there are humanoid creatures who appear at sight to be related more to the known reptilian species than to man? This reptilian thesis is a very well developed and extensive area of mythology and folk lore around the world. AOAS say that if God, in his wisdom, made David Icke why should he have not also created the reptilians? David Icke's friend, the African Zulu sanusi Credo Mutwa, gives an interesting account of the reptilian presence from his own native culture. This is an extract from a transcription made by Rick Martin of his exciting conversation with Mutwa: "So, the first question I would like to ask you is: Can you confirm that shape-shifting reptilian extraterrestrials do, in fact, exist on our planet at this time? And if they do, if you can confirm this, will you please be specific about them. Where do they come from? Credo Mutwa: Sir, can your newspaper send people to Africa? Martin: I’m sorry, can you repeat that? Credo Mutwa: Can your newspaper kindly send somebody to Africa in the near future? Martin: We are financially not able to do that at this time, but that may change in the future. Credo Mutwa: Because there are some things that I would, please, like your newspaper to check-out, independent of me. You have heard of the country called Rwanda, in Central Africa? Martin: Yes. Credo Mutwa: The people of Rwanda, the Hutu people, as well as the Watusi people, state, and they are not the only people in Africa who state this, that their very oldest ancestors were a race of beings whom they called the Imanujela, which means “the Lords who have come”. And some tribes in West Africa, such as a Bambara people, also say the same thing. They say that they came from the sky, many, many generations ago, a race of highly advanced and fearsome creatures which looked like men, and they call them Zishwezi. The word Zishwezi means the dival or the glidal-creatures that can glide down from the sky or glide through water. Everybody, sir, has heard about the Dogon people in Western Africa who all say that they were given culture by the normal beings, but they are not-the Dogon people are but ONE of many, many peoples in Africa who claim that their tribe or their king were first founded by the supernatural race of creatures that came from the sky. Are you still with me, sir? Martin: Oh yes, very much so. Please continue. Credo Mutwa: Sir, I can go on and on, but let me bring you to my people ... READ MORE. 

SOME EXCELLENT TV AND VIDEO PRODUCTIONS ON THIS THEME:

V THE ORIGINAL TV MINISERIES (1983) Kenneth Johnson
V THE FINAL BATTLE TV SERIES (1984) Kenneth Johnson, Richard T Heffron
CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982) Buzz Feitshans, Raffaella De Laurentiis, Stone
(see also the CTHULHU MYTHOS of H P Lovecraft)

 THE MYSTERIES OF CRYPTOZOOLOGY
Flying Monsters
FLYING MONSTERS
Lethal Cryptids
CRYPTIDS THAT KILL
Beasts of Mystery
MYSTERIOUS BEASTS
Genetic Anomalies
SHOULDN'T EXIST
Australian Cryptids
IN AUSTRALIA
Cryptid Sightings
CRYPTID SIGHTINGS
International Museum
INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM
Nick Redfern
NICK REDFERN
Bunyip
THE BUNYIP
Lizard Men
LIZARD MEN
Art Bell Show
ART BELL RADIO
Choose Beliefs
YOU DECIDE
Cryptozoology
DOCUMENTARY
Red Haired Giants
RED HAIRED GIANTS
Real Dragons
ARE DRAGONS REAL?
Rex Gilroy
REX GILROY
Abandoned Places
ABANDONED PLACES
Sasquatch
SASQUATCH
Unknown Creatures
UNKNOWN ANIMALS
Credo Mutwa Reptilians
CREDO MUTWA REPTILIANS
Hindu Naga
HINDU NAGA
Native American
NATIVE AMERICAN
Philippines Cryptids
THE PHILIPPINES
Thunderbirds
THUNDERBIRDS
Plum Island
PLUM ISLAND

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DR KARL SHUKER

Karl Shuker is a leading British cryptozoologist and we heartily end that you visit his website at karlshuker.com. From wikipedia: "Karl Shuker (born 9 December 1959) is a British zoologist, cryptozoologist and author. He currently lives in the Midlands, England, where he works as a zoological consultant and writer.[1] A columnist in Fortean Times and contributor to various magazines, Shuker is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cryptozoology, which began in November 2012. Shuker received a B.Sc.(Hons) in zoology from the University of Leeds and a PhD in zoology and comparative physiology from the University of Birmingham. He is a Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society of London, a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, a consultant for the Centre for Fortean Zoology, and a member of the Society of Authors.[2][3][4] Some of his larger works include Mystery Cats of the World (1989), The Lost Ark: New and Rediscovered Animals of the 20th Century (1993; expanded in 2002 as The New Zoo), and In Search of Prehistoric Survivors (1995), as well as two worldwide bestsellers – Dragons: A Natural History (1995; reissued in 2006), and The Unexplained (1996; reissued in 2002).[4] Shuker also published Star Steeds and Other Dreams, a book of poetry which appeared in 2009. According to Jonathan Downes, there are a number of little-known cryptids to which Shuker was the first cryptozoologist to bring widespread public attention.[5] These include the Sri Lankan horned jackal and Devil Bird, Gambo the Gambian sea serpent, Goodenough Island mystery bird, New Guinea ropen and devil pig or gazeka, Scottish earth hound, Indonesian veo and horned cat, New Caledonian du, Irish dobhar-chú, Shatt al Arab venomous mystery fish, Zanzibar makalala, Ethiopian death bird, Zululand kondlo, Arctic North American waheela, Kellas cat, Mongolian Death Worm, Hungarian reedwolf, Fujian blue or Maltese tiger as shown on the cover of Mysteries of Planet Earth (1999), Welsh cenaprugwirion, bigfin squid, St Helena sirenian, Timor Sea ground shark, and crowing crested cobra. Shuker pens two cryptozoological columns ("Alien Zoo" and "The Lost Ark") in Fortean Times, and contributes regularly to Strange Magazine, to Fate Magazine, and to Paranormal Magazine. In addition, he is the zoological consultant for Guinness World Records.[2][3][4] In a 2012 interview, Shuker stated that three of the most important zoological discoveries of the twentieth century were the okapi, the coelacanth and the saola (or Vu Quang ox).[6] Shuker's 2012 volume, The Encyclopaedia of New and Rediscovered Animals provides a detailed discussion of similar discoveries, including discoveries made as recently as 2011.[6] In November 2012, Shuker launched the Journal of Cryptozoology.[7] As the journal's founding editor-in-chief, Shuker has the stated goal of "providing an outlet for cryptozoological research with a genuinely scientific approach," with the hope of elevating the field's reputation among the scientific community.[8] Upon announcing plans to start the new journal, Shuker had expressed "hope that cryptozoological researchers will submit papers to the journal that are totally worthy of publication in mainstream zoological journals but which may not be accepted by them simply because their subject is cryptozoological."[6] Remarking that many newly discovered or rediscovered species begin as cryptids, Shuker believes that the field of cryptozoology is at a disadvantage, noting "as soon as one of its subjects is confirmed to be real, it is no longer cryptozoological but zoological instead."[6]" ... READ MORE

A LIST OF SOME OF SHUKER'S PUBLICATIONS

Mystery Cats of the World (1989), Robert Hale, ISBN 0-7090-3706-6;  Extraordinary Animals Worldwide (1991), Robert Hale, ISBN 0-7090-4421-6;  The Lost Ark: New and Rediscovered Animals of the 20th Century (1993), HarperCollins, ISBN 0-00-219943-2;  Dragons – A Natural History (1995), Simon & Schuster, ISBN 0-684-81443-9; republished (2006), Taschen;  In Search of Prehistoric Survivors (1995), Blandford, ISBN 0-7137-2469-2;  The Unexplained (1996), Carlton Books, ISBN 1-85868-186-3;  From Flying Toads To Snakes With Wings (1997), Llewellyn, ISBN 1-56718-673-4;  Mysteries of Planet Earth (1999), Carlton Books, ISBN 1-85868-679-2;  The Hidden Powers of Animals, (2001), Reader's Digest, ISBN 0-7621-0328-0;  The New Zoo: New and Rediscovered Animals of the Twentieth Century (2002), House of Stratus, ISBN 1-84232-561-2;  The Beasts That Hide From Man (2003), Paraview, ISBN 1-931044-64-3;  Extraordinary Animals Revisited (2007) CFZ Press, ISBN 1-905723-17-2;  Dr Shuker's Casebook (2008) CFZ Press, ISBN 1-905723-33-4;  Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals on Stamps: A Worldwide Catalogue (2008) CFZ Press, ISBN 1-905723-34-2;  Star Steeds and Other Dreams: The Collected Poems (2009) CFZ Press, ISBN 978-1-905723-40-9;  Karl Shuker's Alien Zoo: From the Pages of Fortean Times (2010) CFZ Press, ISBN 978-1-905723-62-1;  The Encyclopaedia of New and Rediscovered Animals (2012) Coachwhip Publications, ISBN 978-1-61646-108-9;  Cats of Magic, Mythology, and Mystery (2012) CFZ Press, ISBN 978-1-909488-03-8;  Mirabilis: A Carnival of Cryptozoology and Unnatural History (2013) Anomalist Books, ISBN 1-93839-805-X;  Dragons in Zoology, Cryptozoology, and Culture (2013) Coachwhip Publications, ISBN 1-61646-215-9;  The Menagerie of Marvels: A Third Compendium of Extraordinary Animals (2014) CFZ Press, ISBN 978-1-909488-20-5;  A Manifestation of Monsters: Examining the (Un)Usual Suspects (2015) Anomalist Books, ISBN 978-1-938398-52-0;  More Star Steeds and Other Dreams - The Collected Poems - 2015 Expanded Edition (2015) Fortean Words, ISBN 978-1-909488-38-0;  Here's Nessie! A Monstrous Compendium From Loch Ness (2016) CFZ Press, ISBN 978-1-909488-45-8;  Still In Search Of Prehistoric Survivors: The Creatures That Time Forgot? (2016) Coachwhip Publications, ISBN 978-1-616463-90-8; 

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You are here: Home / Top Ten Cryptozoology Books of 2013 Top Ten Cryptozoology Books of 2013 Top Ten Cryptozoology Books of 2013 MonstersofMassachusetts by Loren Coleman, author of Monsters of Massachusetts: Mysterious Creatures in the Bay State (2013) The 2013 books produced on topics in cryptozoology were overwhelmed with too many Bigfoot titles, apparently trying to take advantage of the popularity of the Animal Planet television success of Finding Bigfoot. Several of these personalized, redundant books, often only found in e-books, have been left off this top list of choices. Despite this, nevertheless, some good Sasquatch study selections did make the list. Also, tomes on other cryptids were surprises this year, as well as one special one about a cryptozoologist. As with my past “top book lists” on cryptozoology ...

Lyle Blackburn Book
LYLE BLACKBURN

Lizard Man: The true story of the Bishopville monster. From the swamplands near Bishopville, South Carolina, come reports of a seven-foot-tall, scaly humanoid creature the locals call the "Lizard Man." Over the years, the creature has been seen by numerous witnesses, including a teenager who claimed it attacked him one night near a remote area called Scape Ore Swamp. The young man's testimony and physical evidence was so compelling, it not only launched a serious investigation by the local sheriff's office but an all-out monster hunt that drew hundreds of people to the small town. This real-life "creature from the black lagoon" has inspired major national news coverage, even a call from the famous CBS news anchor, Dan Rather, as he and the rest of the world clamored to know more about Bishopville's elusive monster. ...

Angus Dinsdale Book
ANGUS DINSDALE

The man who filmed Nessie. The chance reading of a magazine article led family man and aeronautical engineer Tim Dinsdale on a lifelong quest to prove the existence of an elusive creature said to live in the murky waters of Loch Ness in Scotland. He planned his first visit to the loch in spring 1960 and struck monster gold when he unexpectedly caught on film a large, animate creature swimming in the loch. From that moment, his life and that of his family was changed forever. The BBC broadcast his film and he quickly became known around the world. He ultimately gave up his promising career so he could devote his time and energy to pursuing the creature. He took up a career as an author, publishing several books, and was in demand as a lecturer; he toured the US on two occasions, appearing on several well-known television programs. ...

BERNARD HEUVELMANS

Bernard Heuvelmans was the Father of the modern discipline of Cryptozoology. His classic text 'On the Track of Unknown Animals' is an important, carefully researched work. From wikipedia: Bernard Heuvelmans (10 October 1916 – 22 August 2001) was a Belgian-French scientist, explorer, researcher, and a writer probably best known as "the father of cryptozoology".[2] His 1958 book On the Track of Unknown Animals (originally published in French in 1955 as Sur la Piste des Bêtes Ignorées) is often regarded as one of the best and most influential cryptozoological works. Heuvelmans was born on 10 October 1916, in Le Havre, France, and raised in Belgium and earned a doctorate in zoology from the Free University of Brussels (now split into the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel). Heuvelmans was a pupil of Serge Frechkop, a proponent of the Theory of Initial Bipedalism. In 1939, his doctoral dissertation concerned the teeth of the aardvark. During World War II he had escaped from a Nazi prisoner camp and later worked as a Jazz singer in Paris.[3] Heuvelmans's books made reference to literary sources. He was influenced by Jules Verne and Arthur Conan Doyle's book The Lost World (1912).[3] Though earlier interested in zoological oddities, he credits a 1948 Saturday Evening Post article, "There Could be Dinosaurs", by Ivan T. Sanderson with inspiring a determined interest in unknown animals. Sanderson discussed the possibility of dinosaurs surviving in remote corners of the world. Heuvelmans was also influenced by the work of Anthonie Cornelis Oudemans who had defended the existence of the sea serpent.[4] Heuvelmans undertook a massive amount of research and wrote On the Track of Unknown Animals, considered by some the most influential work of cryptozoology in the twentieth century. In this work, which is organised geographically, a dominating theme is that folktales and legends concerning unusual and sometimes implausible creatures have often been found to have a substratum of truth. He argued that those referring to hitherto-unknown species should be investigated scientifically, and criticized researchers who dismiss such tales out of hand. One of his predictions was fulfilled with the recent identification of the African forest elephant as a new species Loxodonta cyclotis." One of the most important messages which one absorbs from Heuvelmans is this: "Our world is saturated with mystery. It would seem that we are surrounded by question marks. Everything about us gives rise to questions, to which we know full well that there are, alas, no answers. At least no precise and definitive answers. It is strange how many men of science lack any curiosity." (Bernard Heuvelmans: Sur la piste des Bêtes ignorées.). His words are commendable and they are echoed in the mission and objectives of The AOAS Group.


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Announcing The World’s Best New Cryptozoology Blog! CryptoZooNews You can find Loren Coleman’s comprehensive new blog, the CryptoZooNews (CZN), at cryptozoonews.com Upon hearing of the new blog, what are people saying… “There is no more-respected source in the field of cryptozoology than Loren Coleman.” ~ David Pescovitz of Boing Boing. “Being the most prolific writer in any cryptozoological field…Loren Coleman has been researching his interests for literally decades…I think it’s fair to say that we can expect good things from Loren in the future as he pursues his passions on his own platform.” ~ Cliff Brackman of Finding Bigfoot. I’ve always admired Loren Coleman’s novel ability to put topical cryptonews in historical context. I’m looking forward to his continued voice.” ~ Guy Edwards of Bigfoot Lunch Club.


Clarksdale Cat Monster

Large cat-like animal has Clarksdale couple concerned  CLARKSDALE -- Bev Ray loves all kinds of creatures, great and small. But recently she met a new one that made the hairs stand up on the back of her neck. "Early one morning, about a month ago, I was standing looking out my window when I saw a big black, panther-like animal walking across my yard," said Ray, 48. "It was jet black, and it was just calmly walking along, not running or anything. And it was big. I saw it from less than a few hundred feet away, and it was really, really big. It walked through my yard and disappeared into some timber nearby." Ray and husband Mike live in the country near Clarksdale about five miles south of Taylorville. They've been there since December and chose the spot because it has the room to house their extensive pet collection, which includes three Dalmatians, 14 Rottweilers, pheasants, quail, a llama, turkeys, rabbits, macaws and five ostriches due to arrive soon. "I love animals, and I don't like to see them hurt," said Bev Ray, who gives homes to critters in need like the ostriches, which were due to be slaughtered after a farm went out of business. "The point is, I know what dogs and coyotes and other animals look like, and this black creature I saw wasn't one of them.


African Lion

Lion scare prompts citizens to ask for regulation By Stephen B. Thornton, AP QUITMAN, Ark. (AP) — In the past week, four 600- to 800-pound African lions believed to have some connection to a nearby exotic animal farm have been killed near this central Arkansas town. And residents say the terror may not be over because no one knows for sure whether more lions are on the loose. One of four loose lions shot and killed by law enforcement officers in an area north of Quitman, Ark. Lisa Vaughan says her log cabin in the woods was so peaceful that sometimes the only sound that could be heard was the trees swaying in the wind. Now she's listening for lions. "I had a terrible headache, and my blood pressure has been up. ... It's been a long ordeal," says Vaughan, whose husband, Johnny, killed two of the lions with his .30-06 rifle. "Everybody is scared around here," neighbor Arvil Skinner says. "People have to sit out with a high-powered rifle just to let their kids play in the yard. That's just how serious it is. It might be all right and it might not. They might still be out there. We just don't know." The Vaughans say they believe that the lions belong to animal farm operator Steve Henning, ...


Mothman

MOTHMAN FILE Based on a True-Life Story, but Was That Story for Real? A West Virginia town's encounter with the unexplained inspires "The Mothman Prophecies." Wednesday, January 23, 2002 The local headlines screamed: "Couples See Man-Sized Bird ... Creature ... Something!" "Monster No Joke for Those Who Saw It," "Gigantic, Fuzzy Bird Chases Auto in Storm." No, this was not a Samuel Arkoff B-horror production. This was real--or possibly real anyway. The time was 1966 in Point Pleasant, W.Va., and something very strange was happening. More than 100 people reported seeing a 9-foot-tall, black, winged creature with glowing red eyes. Some said it spoke to them and forewarned of an impending disaster in their town, a small farming community at the intersection of the Ohio and Kanawha rivers. One year later, their worst fears were realized when the bridge over the Ohio River, connecting Point Pleasant to Ohio, collapsed and 47 people died. "Mothman"--as the beast was known by locals--was never seen or heard from again. "There are a lot of people who just don't want to talk about it anymore, either because they are traumatized or they don't want the press attention," said Jeff Wamsley, a Point Pleasant native and author of "Mothman: The Facts Behind the Legend."


Karl Schuker

KARL SHUKER  DREAMCHILD AND VAMPIRES AND HOBBITS, OH MY! [an Eclectarium of Doctor Shuker crosspost]. Over Christmas last year and the early part of the New Year, I fulfilled a longstanding promise to myself and watched all eight of the Harry Potter movies, one a night for eight consecutive nights, on DVD, and I thoroughly enjoyed all of them – which has in turn inspired me to indulge periodically in further film-watching binges ever since. Consequently, during the past few months I've finally succeeded in watching a number of fantasy-themed movies that I've long wanted to see but had somehow never got around to doing so, plus a few new releases. I've posted my own mini-reviews of some of them on my Facebook wall, containing my thoughts, opinions, various related if somewhat random facts, and other allied ephemera. As these generally have attracted quite a degree of interest from FB friends and other movie fans, it seemed worthwhile gathering them together and preserving them in my Eclectarium. So that's what I've done, and here they are. NB ...


Dracula

WEDNESDAY, 28 JUNE 2017 DRACULA, VAN HELSING, AND GIANT SPIDERS IN THE CATHEDRAL A few weeks ago, I finally found time to watch a horror film that I had long been planning to see. Directed by Werner Herzog and starring Klaus Kinski in spellbinding form as the title character, the film in question was Nosferatu the Vampyre, the very stylish 1979 West German art-house remake of the cult 1922 German silent movie Nosferatu (starring Max Schreck), which in turn was loosely based upon Bram Stoker's classic epistolary vampire novel Dracula. Little did I think while viewing it that only a short time later I would be investigating a fascinating but hitherto-obscure cryptozoological conundrum tucked away within the pages of the selfsame famous novel that had inspired this film – but that is precisely what happened, providing further confirmation for what I have always known, especially when dealing with mystery animals. Always expect the unexpected, and you will never be disappointed. So here is that recent investigation of mine, presented here as a ShukerNature exclusive – the ever-curious case of Dracula, Van Helsing, and Giant Spiders in the Cathedral.


Shuker cryptid

SUNDAY, 19 MARCH 2017 THREE-HORNED RHINOCEROSES AND ALBRECHT DÜRER'S SHOULDER-HORNED SURPRISE The three-horned rhinoceroses referred to in the above quotation are fictitious, but factual records do indeed exist of rhino specimens possessing extra (supernumerary) horns. Of the five species of rhinoceros alive today, two of them (the great Indian Rhinoceros unicornis and the Javan R. sondaicus) each typically sports one horn, whereas the other three (the Sumatran Dicerorhinus sumatrensis, African white Ceratotherium simum, and African black Diceros bicornis) each typically sports two. Very rarely, however, exceptions to this standard rule arise, and as reported widely in the media during late December 2015 one such exception has lately been encountered and photographed in Namibia's Etosha National Park by 73-year-old Jim Gibson. Eschewing its species' normal two-horn condition (and its taxonomic name too), the adult black rhinoceros Diceros bicornis (translating as 'two-horned ...


Jersey Devil

The Cryptid Zoo: Jersey Devil There are at least two Jersey Devils: the variety found in folklore dating at least over the range of years 1735 to 1909, and the Jersey Devil of modern sightings. The Jersey Devil of folklore is a creature that may or may not be vaguely human-shaped. It has hooves, a snake's tail, bat-wings and a head that looks something like a horse. Altogether, except for being hairy in some reports, it roughly resembles a dragon. In fact, it was described as a dragon by many of the early witnesses. The classic Jersey Devil looks much like this painting. This is copyrighted by those who own the copyright to the book cover art of 'Monsters of New Jersey' by Loren Coleman and Bruce G. Hallenbeck. This Jersey devil often glows, and it can breathe fire or poison the water with its breath, both classic dragon characteristics. The Jersey Devil of folklore is also known as the Leeds Devil. Local residents trace its origin to a woman named Leeds, a mistress of a British soldier who was suspected of being a witch.


Mystery Cats

MYSTERY CATS BYHALIA, MS (WMC) - The legend of the large cat on the prowl in north Mississippi remains strong. A second person has come forward with more proof that there is definitely something to the story. A video of the animal was recorded in Hernando on Wednesday and quickly went viral on Facebook. "I've never seen anything that big," he said. "The cops and everyone were like, 'Holy cow, that's not a house cat. That's a large animal.'" Kelly Boudreaux, who lives in Byhalia, now also claims to have captured surveillance footage of what she believes to be a panther. She even said she has heard the big cat. "I could tell it was feline," she said. "Sure enough, we seen the panther or whatever it is, a big cat." Boudreaux and her husband set up surveillance cameras at their home to protect them from intruders, not something quite like this. "He's there. He's here ...


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