Mirabilis: A Carnival of Cryptozoology and Unnatural History Paperback – 12 Aug 2013
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Karl has a wild talent for covering subjects most other authors in the field ignore, have forgotten or have never even heard of. He digs up new details and cases like a pig digs truffles. Case in point is the chapter on `Trunko' the weird, white furred, elephantine trunked beast said to have been seen battling two whales of the cost off Margate, South Africa in 1924, subsequently washing ashore dead. The beast had baffled cryptozoologists for decades. Together with his German colleague Markus Hemmler piece together the long overdue answer to the riddle with the help of never before published photographs uncovered by Hemmler.
Elsewhere Karl looks at the fantastic fauna of Madagascar turning up strange stories that escaped ever Dr Bernard Heuvelmans , the grandfather of cryptozoology himself. Here are sightings, some intriguingly recent , of what sound like giant lemurs thought long extinct but pigmy hippos but also what sound like primitive hominans lurking in the wilder parts of this island continent.
As a lifelong reptile keeper and self-confessed crocodile fanatic the chapter on crocodilian mysteries was bound to be a favourite of mine. The stories of giant crocodiles in Africa and huge marine crocodiles were familiar to me. Less so the horned crocodiles of Madagascar and the `frog' crocodiles of Borneo.Read more ›
There has yet to be a Karl Shuker published book that I have not thoroughly been thrilled to read. No matter the subject matter every page is a pleasure to read and leaves you wanting more.
I could thoroughly recommend this book or any other by this author.
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Nice book. It has plenty of pages and discusses vast amounts of different animals. My personal favourite parts were the pages of giant spiders and giant crocodiles.Published 20 months ago by King Fluffs
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