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On the Track of Unknown Animals

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First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Hardcover, 716 pages
Published January 9th 1995 by Routledge (first published 1955)
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Apr 18, 2013 Adrian added it
Classic volume charting the whole repertoire of animals that may exist. Heuvelmans judiciously weighs evidence on all of them most of which is eye-witness testimony. Especially enjoyed chapters on the abominable snowman, mammoths of the Russian taiga, and anacondas of the Amazon. The author calmly despatches rumours of a rogue bear in eastern Africa but leaves the door open to the possibility that australopithecines still live. Pictures are excellent too. The photo of the ape Ameranthropoides lo ...more
Feb 20, 2016 robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cryptozoology
Fairly annoyed that I spent $50 on this book - it's hard to come by - without realizing that it's an abridged edition. I hate to think what I missed, from the original publication.

That annoyance aside, this is a great book. Heuvelmans' scholarship is impressive, his writing is good, his reasoning is lucid - I was preconditioned, coming into it, to expect moth-men, yetis, Nessie - I shouldn't have, because both his feet are solidly on the ground. The paranormal need not apply; only the solidly ph
David Bales
Mar 31, 2013 David Bales rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Classic cryptozoological book by Belgian naturalist Bernard Heuvelmans from the 1950s when the small world was a little larger; Heuvelmans traveled the world investigating stories of unknown animals never "discovered" by western science, researching whether known extinct animals, (such as the moa in New Zealand) could still exist and chronicling how known species of animals were "proven" to exist by various explorers over the centuries. A great book.
Oct 01, 2011 Joel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: cryptozoologists
Badly in need of revision (I first read it 18 years ago), this thick tome is the bible of cryptozoology by one of the giants in the field. Thankfully, it is back in print after a long absence. Extremely comprehensive.
Jan 11, 2009 Madeline rated it it was amazing
This is a great book on cryptozoology, a little out of date.
Richard Craig
Dec 24, 2010 Richard Craig rated it really liked it
Shelves: natural-history
A must for all Cryptozoologists.
Barry Harding
Aug 24, 2010 Barry Harding rated it liked it
Essential cryptozoology.
J.T. Wilson
Aug 10, 2013 J.T. Wilson rated it really liked it
The set text and launching point for cryptozoology, that much-maligned discipline.

'On The Track of Unknown Animals' has dated a bit and Heuvelmans' eagerness to believe in creatures with more than a faint smell of bullshit damages his credibility (he's convinced of the existence of the de Loys Ape, for example, later revealed as an insipid hoax). Having said that, Heuvelmans clearly sets out, in layman's terms, his reasons for his willingness to entertain the possibility of real creatures behin
Hannia Goldsmith de Wook
Apr 02, 2013 Hannia Goldsmith de Wook rated it really liked it
Criptozoologia, Música para mis oidos. Muchos creen que no hay suficientes pruebas para justificar la existencia de un ser que es totalmente diferente o misterioso. Bernard Heuvelmans mi heroe! el a logrado hacer que encuentre el camino a mi futuro ademas de sus muchos libros que nos muestran que siempre hay más allá de un reptil o un pez.
Ezekiel Carsella
Jul 30, 2013 Ezekiel Carsella rated it really liked it
lots of information I liked it like I can like a non-fiction book had a lot of my favorite cryptozoologist animals plus some I didn't know existed. Excellent research.
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Jan 14, 2010 A. Thurman marked it as to-read
Been sitting on my shelf forever
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Belgian-French scientist, explorer, researcher, and a considered to be the father of cryptozoology. Heuvelmans held an degree in zoology.

His 1958 work "On the track of unknown animals" is considered to be an standard work in cryptozoology. Later he also published books on more specific topics like sea serpents.

In 1975 he founded the "International Society of Cryptozoology" and served as its firs
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