This delightful book is the long-awaited, greatly-expanded new edition of one of Dr Karl Shuker's much-loved early volumes, Extraordinary Animals Worldwide. It is a fascinating celebration of what used to be called romantic natural history, examining a dazzling diversity of animal anomalies, creatures of cryptozoology, and all manner of other thought-provoking zoological revelations and continuing controversies down through the ages of wildlife discovery. Handsomely supplemented by a vista of enchanting Victorian engravings to evoke the spirit of the period from which the inspiration for this book is drawn, Extraordinary Animals Revisited offers an enthralling introduction to a veritable menagerie of truly astonishing beasts: From singing dogs to serpent kings, pseudo-plesiosaurs to quasi-octopuses, hounds with two noses and birds with four wings, the Sandwell Valleygator and New Mexico's medicine wolf, cobras that crow and snake gods that dance, giant solifugids and rodent colossi, devil-birds and devil-pigs, furry woodpeckers and marsupial hummingbirds, archangel feathers and the scales of the Eden serpent, scorpion-stones and elephant-pearls, tales of the peacock's tail, parachuting palm civets, missing megapodes, blue rhinoceroses, glutinous globsters, anomalous aardvarks, a platypus from Colorado, man-sized spiders from the Congo, de Loys's lost Venezuelan ape, Margate's marine elephant, a flying hedgehog called Tizzie-Wizzie, a mellifluous mollusc called Molly, India's once (and future?) pink-headed duck, the squeaking deathshead, the vanquished bird-god of New Caledonia, and much much more - all waiting to amaze and amuse, a pageant of natural and unnatural history.
Dr. Karl P.N. Shuker BSc PhD FRES FZS is a zoologist who is internationally recognised as a world expert in cryptozoology, as well as in animal mythology and allied subjects relating to wildlife anomalies and inexplicabilia.
He obtained a BSc (Honours) degree in pure zoology at the University of Leeds (U.K.), and a PhD in zoology and comparative physiology at the University of Birmingham (U.K.). He is now a freelance zoological consultant and writer, living in the West Midlands, England.
The author of 16 books (translated into over a dozen foreign languages) and countless articles, Dr Shuker is also the official life sciences consultant for Guinness World Records, and has acted as a consultant and/or contributor for many other publications and television programmes.
Dr. Shuker appears regularly on television and radio, has served as a question setter for the BBC's cerebral quiz show Mastermind, and has travelled widely throughout the world during the course of his researches. He is a Scientific Fellow of the prestigious Zoological Society of London, a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, a Member of the International Society of Cryptozoology, the Centre for Fortean Zoology, and other wildlife-related organisations, and is also a Member of the Society of Authors.
In 2005, Dr Shuker was honoured by the naming of a new species of loriciferan invertebrate after him - Pliciloricus shukeri.
Mystery Cats of the World: From Blue Tigers To Exmoor Beasts (Robert Hale: London, 1989)
Extraordinary Animals Worldwide (Robert Hale: London, 1991)
The Lost Ark: New and Rediscovered Animals of the 20th Century (HarperCollins: London, 1993)
Dragons: A Natural History (Aurum: London/Simon & Schuster: New York, 1995; republished Taschen: Cologne, 2006)
In Search of Prehistoric Survivors: Do Giant 'Extinct' Creatures Still Exist? (Blandford: London, 1995)
The Unexplained: An Illustrated Guide to the World's Natural and Paranormal Mysteries (Carlton: London/JG Press: North Dighton, 1996; republished Carlton: London, 2002)
From Flying Toads To Snakes With Wings: From the Pages of FATE Magazine (Llewellyn: St Paul, 1997)
Mysteries of Planet Earth: An Encyclopedia of the Inexplicable (Carlton: London, 1999)
The Hidden Powers of Animals: Uncovering the Secrets of Nature (Reader's Digest: Pleasantville/Marshall Editions: London, 2001)
The New Zoo: New and Rediscovered Animals of the Twentieth Century [fully-updated, greatly-expanded, new edition of The Lost Ark] (House of Stratus Ltd: Thirsk, UK/House of Stratus Inc: Poughkeepsie, USA, 2002)
The Beasts That Hide From Man: Seeking the World's Last Undiscovered Animals (Paraview: New York, 2003)
Extraordinary Animals Revisited: From Singing Dogs To Serpent Kings (CFZ Press: Bideford, 2007)
Dr Shuker's Casebook: In Pursuit of Marvels and Mysteries (CFZ Press: Bideford, 2008)
Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals on Stamps: A Worldwide Catalogue (CFZ Press: Bideford, 2008).
Star Steeds and Other Dreams: The Collected Poems (CFZ Press: Bideford, 2009).
Karl Shuker's Alien Zoo: From the Pages of Fortean Times (CFZ Press: Bideford, 2010).
Consultant and also Contributor:
Man and Beast (Reader's Digest: Pleasantville, New York, 1993)
Secrets of the Natural World (Reader's Digest: Pleasantville, New York, 1993)
Almanac of the Uncanny (Reader's Digest: Surry Hills, Australia, 1995)
The Guinness Book of Records/Guinness World Records (Guinness: London, 1997-present day)
Monsters (Lorenz: London, 2001)
Fortean Times Weird Year 1996 (John Brown Publishing: London, 1996)
Mysteries of the Deep (Llewellyn: St Paul, 1998)
Guinness Amazing Future (Guinness: London, 1999)
The Earth (Channel 4 Books: London, 2000)
Mysteries and Monsters of the Sea (Gramercy: New York, 2001)
Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained (Chambers: Edinburgh, 2007)
Chambers Myths and Mysteries (Chambers: Edinburgh, 2008)
The Fortean Times Paranormal Handbook (Dennis Publishing: London, 2009)