Bernard Heuvelmans is the founder of "cryptozoology" - the science of hidden animals. Whereas palaeontology discovers and describes organisms of the past, cryptozoology does the same with animals of the present. At a time when many known species have become extinct or endangered, it is exciting and affirmative to discover previously unknown species in our midst. First published before the validity and importance of the subject was recognized, and now rewritten to take account of the newest discoveries, "On the Track of Unknown Animals" is both a popular introduction to cryptozoology and a scientific presentation of "hidden" animals. The striking progress of cryptozoology is illustrated by the fact that in the past 12 years alone, some 40 spectacular new animal species have been discovered and described to science, and this book presents evidence of numerous others. Cryptozoology is certainly one of the most compelling of the new sciences, a great adventure in the quest for knowledge.
From the Back Cover
On the Track of Unknown Animals presents evidence for the existence of numerous other large animals which have been reported by local people, but which have not yet been identified and described by science. The still 'hidden' animals presented here include the man-faced creatures of Southeast Asia, the living fossils of Oceania, the reported giant sloth and still unknown apes of South America, stories of mammoths still ranging over the Siberian taiga, as well as descriptions of many as yet unexplained strange creatures of the African jungles. A current topic of leading interest in cryptozoology is the accumulating body of evidence that Neanderthal Man - a relative of modern man but a separate species from Homo sapiens - almost surely lived simultaneously with modern man into historic times, and is probably still living in remote jungles and mountain fastnesses of the Asian Continent.