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Investigating the Unexplained: Compendium of Mysteries of the Natural World

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s/t: Disquieting Mysteries of the Natural World
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Prentice Hall (first published December 1st 1972)
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May 10, 2015 Isidore rated it liked it
An uneven assortment of essays by zoologist Sanderson, although his writing is lively and erudite throughout.

Not too surprisingly he is at his strongest in dealing with matters related to his own field of expertise. The opening chapters on strange or mythical beasts are fascinating, whether he's describing his own encounter with a giant bat in the African jungle, or unravelling the real-life origins of dragons (which he first must subdivide into Far Eastern, European, and ancient Mediterranean v
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Dec 03, 2010 Paul rated it really liked it
The book carries a cogent sub-title: "Disquieting Mysteries of the Natural World."

I love Ivan T. Sanderson. Not only is he a committed Fortean, he is an iconoclast, with an irreverent attitude toward his fellow scientists, whom he calls "stuffed shirts," among other epithets. He is not at all passive about his Forteanism. He is an activist Fortean. I love that.

He has spent years of his life thrashing about tropical jungles looking for strange animals. And he has found quite a few.

The resistance
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A actual scientist, investigating some mysteries often pooh-poohed by other scientists.
This is well written and researched, and of a much better quality than most in the genre.
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Killer read. Great conclusion in the Epilogue.
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Scottish biologist, mostly known for his writings on cryptozoology and the paranormal.

Sanderson published three classics of nature writing: Animal Treasure, a report of an expedition to the jungles of then-British West Africa; Caribbean Treasure, an account of an expedition to Trinidad, Haiti, and Surinam, begun in late 1936 and ending in late 1938; and Living Treasure, an account of an expeditio
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