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Yet again, a waterlogged, partially decomposed mammal carcass has become “an internet sensation” (to quote the popular media), and yet again people are saying it might be a new ‘Montauk monster’, or a Chupacabras, or a relative of Nessie, or Ogopogo, or a baby sasquatch, or some other sort of ungodly monster. The back-story is…

This weekend (17th-18th April 2010), the 9th European Symposium of Cryptozoology is being held at Engreux in the south of Belgium. I meant to attend and give a talk, but had to cancel for financial reasons. And it’s just as well that I did, given that virtually all flights from out of the UK have…

What to make of the Yowie?

Like many people interested in cryptozoology (the study of animals – or alleged animals – known only from anectodal evidence), I’m of the opinion that the Australian Yowie is one of the most problematic of mystery beasts. It is, in fact, so ridiculous and inconvenient that it’s difficult to take seriously. As if sasquatch, yeti…

More thoughts on the ZSL meeting ‘The Secret World of Naked Snakes’, held on Monday 7th December. In the previous article I discussed Mark Wilkinson and David Gower’s presentations [for relevance of pic used above, read on]. Alexander Kupfer was up next, and provided an excellent overview of reproductive diversity, viviparity and parental care in…

Goddammit, no time for more reports from Libya, or for more in the toads series, or for articles on hairless Spectacled bears or tiny heterodontosaurids or neovenatorids, or anything really. Here’s how things are progressing in view of Saturday’s event…

Sea Monsters, the CFI conference

On November 7th 2009, the Centre For Inquiry in London is hosting a one-day event titled Monsters From the Deep! It’s being held at Conway Hall in Red Lion Square (a venue I know all too well…). I’m giving a talk at the event so wanted to advertise it: for more details please visit the…

One of the most famous of ‘missing’ birds is the elusive Night parrot, an obscure nocturnal species discovered by John McDouall Stuart in 1845 (though not named until 1861). Small, reluctant to fly, highly nomadic and cryptically coloured, it’s never been well known and even now there are only 23 or so specimens in collections.…

The Loch Ness monster seen on land

As you’ll know if you’re familiar with the literature on the Loch Ness monster – and as you won’t if you’re not – Nessie is not only seen in the water; there are, in fact, quite a few claimed sightings that were made on land. The most interesting thing about these accounts is that they’re…

So I recently recycled the Madagascar pochard article from Tet Zoo ver 1, first published in 2006. As you might have realised if you read the 2006 article (and if your memory is exceptionally good), I made one major change for the 2009 re-posting: I chopped out the bit about the Pink-headed duck. Why? Because…

The big buzz in the cryptozoology community right now concerns a piece of footage taken on May 31st 2009 at Oakledge Park in Burlington, Vermont, and on the shore of Lake Champlain. Lake Champlain is famous in the world of lake monster research as it’s alleged to be home to a large, long-bodied animal of…