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Mysteries of Planet Earth [Hardcover]

Karl P.N. Shuker

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29 Oct 1999
This book presents some of the lesser known but no less interesting mysteries of the world. It presents the facts of each case accurately and assesses them rigoruosly in search of plausible and rational explanations.

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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)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Luxury Liner Cruise to "an Island of Inexplicabilia" 27 Feb 2000
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Dr. Karl P.N. Shuker needs no introduction to anyone who has searched the bookshelves for references to mysterious animals and enigmatic natural phenomena. Dr.Shuker's latest release, "Mysteries of Planet Earth", will surely please even the most seasoned Fortean reader being that it contains never before published accounts of cryptozoology and strange natural phenomena. Also included are completely new takes on a few of the run of the mill entries common in many entry level books on natural mysteries.As a wildlife artist interested in unusual and rare zoology, I was pleased to have learned of Karl Shuker's writings several years ago. In fact I met Dr. Shuker over the internet while inquiring about an out of print book of his entitled "Mystery Cats of the World". I soon began providing illustrations for Dr. Shuker's articles on mysterious animals and I am now extremely pleased to have some of my illustrations included in "Mysteries of Planet Earth".Carlton Books has produced an exquisite full color tome that any coffee table would be pleased to welcome as an offering to curious readers.The truly tempting element of this book is to simply flip through and read about what ever catches your interest. It is hard to keep from doing this especially if you are already familiar with subjects similar to those presented here.By far the best feature is that there are many wonderfully illustrated entries here that will not be found in any other book on these subject matters.If any scientific writer will carry the literary torch for cryptozoology and natural mysteries into this new century it is most certainly Dr. Karl Shuker - The captain of your journey to an island of inexplicabilia!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good (Despite An Inept Use Of The Language) 3 Mar 2000
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Karl Shuker, author of the superb "From Flying Toads to Snakes with Wings," once again succeeds in entertaining and informing. This, despite an absurd and annoying writing style (at least in this book). I suspect that Dr. Shuker is trying to be amusing and clever, but his style is only coy and distracting. Too much alliteration, too much emphasis on Latinate language, and a veritable obsession with the word "conversely." Memo to Dr. Shuker: You're the goods, so cut out the pompous nonsense.
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