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On the Track of Unknown Animals

By: Bernard Heuvelmans(Author), Richard Garnett(Translated by), Gerald Durrell(Introduction By)

678 pages, 51 b/w photos, 120 line illus, 7 maps

Kegan Paul International

Hardback | Dec 1995 | #39179 | ISBN: 0710304986
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About this book

Reprint edition of this classic work, first published in French in 1955 in two volumes as Sur la Pistes des Bêtes Ignorées. The author is the father of cryptozoology, the study of species whose existence is not proven. First published before the validity and importance of the subject were recognised, and now rewritten to take account of the newest discoveries, this book is both a popular introduction to cryptozoology and a scientific presentation of `hidden' animals. A must for all budding or closet cryptozoologists, from Nessie fanciers upwards.


Part 1 The great days of zoology are not done: there are lost worlds everywhere
- Cuvier's rash dictum
- survivors from the past

Part 2 The man-faced animals of South-East Asia
- Nittaewo, the lost people of Ceylon
- Orang-Pendek, the ape-man of Sumatra
- the not so abominable snowman

Part 3 The living fossils of Oceania: the surrealist dinosaur of New guinea
- the incredible Australian bunyips
- the Queensland marsupial tiger
- the moa, a fossil that may still thrive
- waitoreke, the impossible New Zealand mammal

Part 4 Riddles of the green continent: the Patagonian giant sloth
- the giant anaconda and other inland "sea serpents"
- apes in green hell

Part 5 The giants of the far North: the mammoth of the Taiga

Part 6 The terrors of Africa: three large pygmies - the forest rhinoceros, the water elephant and the spotted lion
- the Nandi bear
- Mngwa, the strange one
- the little hairy men
- the dragon St. George did not kill
- Kongamato, the last flying dragon

Part 7 The lesson of the Malagasy ghosts: Tratratratra, vorompatra, etcetera

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