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5.0 out of 5 stars In The Wake Of Bernard Heuvelmans, 31 Mar 2009
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Anyone who has read and been fascinated by Bernard Heuvelmans' monumental analysis of sea serpents and other unknown marine creatures, will find this an interesting and informative review of his original classifications with suggested amandments. Despite being a great Bernard Heuvelmans fan, I found the arguments put forward for discarding some of his classifications and amending others to be quite compelling. Not an easy read but very rewarding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Introduction, 9 Dec 2010
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Woodley has a refreshingly healthy scepticism for his subject, the sea serpents. Surprisingly however, this is not directed at the unproven existence of the elusive serpent as one might expect, but rather towards what it is that the many sightings might actually represent to zoology and biology. For example he challenges the popular idea that the long-neck sightings are surviving Plesiosaurs or Basilosaurus and offers far more likely, yet just as interesting alternatives. Indeed, this is a book that treats sea serpents (and others) as perfectly possible and plausible; their existence supported by logical reasoning for why and how they survive. He provides a small but adequate sample of accounts from the hundreds of reports which were collected by Bernard Heuvelmans. I admit I have not read any of Heuvelmans' books yet but this has certainly aroused my curiosity. Woodley intended this book to add much needed credibility and science to the field of sea serpents and to crytozoology in general, and he has very much succeeded. He details the pioneering serpent classification work done by Heuvelmans as well as noting its strengths and weaknesses. Woodley even suggests possibilities for new species and reassigns some generally accepted species, such as the Con Rit (Cetacean) to a different name and category based on the available evidence. Species classification can be quite complicated but Woodley has a very straighforward and logical approach which anyone with an interest should be able to pick up. There are also many fascinating graphs and pictures, giving the reader a better idea of what is being described. I thoroughly recommend this to anyone with an interest in Crytozoology and the rigorous scientific method which can be applied to strengthen the case for Cryptids.
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In the Wake of Bernard Heuvelmans by Michael A. Woodley (Paperback - 3 Mar 2008)
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