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Cryptozoology -- the study of hidden animals -- is gaining attention thanks to a startling number of zoological discoveries. Karl P.N. Shuker has collected evidence of these mysterious, somewhat mythical creatures in THE BEASTS THAT HIDE FROM MAN. Shuker provides entertaining, solidly researched tales about extraordinary animals. Shuker also provides a supplement to Bernard Heuvelmans's checklist of cryptozoological animals, which contains updated information on unknown creatures.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9" Weight: 1.08 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2003
Publisher Paraview Press
ISBN 1931044643 ISBN13 9781931044646
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More About Karl P. N. Shuker
Dr. Karl P.N. Shuker (West Midlands, England) holds a Ph.D. in zoology and comparative physiology. He's the author of five highly acclaimed cryptozoology books, is a Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society of London, a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society of London, and a member of the International Society of Cryptozoology.
Karl P. N. Shuker currently resides in West Bromwich.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Beasts that Hide from Man: Seeking the World's Last Undiscovered Animals?
Absolutely terrific! Aug 4, 2008
Contains a brief review of more recently reported phenomenon. Not that the events themselves are necessarily recent, but since the early 1990's many reports from countries in the Soviet Block are coming to life.
The author extensively researched the book and you will find new creatures to be amazed by. Also included is the most extensive review I have seen on tatzelwurms.
Grab a glass of iced tea and prepare to stay totally absorbed with beast of the air, water, land and beneath the earth!
by far the weakest of Shuker's works Dec 9, 2007
I have quite the cryptozoological library and, moreover, a fair selection of Dr. Shuker's books. I was terribly, bitterly disappointed in this entry. I should have known something was afoot when, scanning the list of original sources, I found papers and columns from twelve-year-old magazines. In this book, Dr. Shuker does not review meaningful mysteries with substantive backing by trustworthy people, but (mostly) ridiculous reports of man-eating trees and such from uneducated Neolithic tribesmen whose "references" often amount to six generations' worth of heard-it-from-my-father. Do not waste your money on this compendium of the ridiculous from an otherwise laudable and trustworthy scientist who, for some reason (the money?), cobbled together his weakest material and slapped on a hastily sketched cover.
Pretty Sweet Feb 7, 2007
This book is great for anyone who is into CryptoZoology, and I mean people who are HARDCORE into it, and don't want to hear about the same old bigfoot, Aliens, and Chupacobra stories, I have to say every single one of the creatures in this book I have never heard of, it is truly great. Only problem is the author gets way into things, and explains things you really dont care about, like the mongolian deathworm section, he goes on comparing it to different lizards. Other than that, it is a great buy, and I would suggest it for anyone who is into the paranormal
A 4...out of 5.
A long book Sep 10, 2006
I felt the book could have been condensed in half. The section on the Mongolian Death Worm was over 50 pages, and could have been condensed to a half dozen pages. I thought many of the subjects were a little drawn out and I lost interest. The subjects on the giant black panther in South America and the unicorn on the other hand could have been more detailed. The book definitely covers a lot of material and mentions many animals and plants that I have never heard of. There is no question that Dr. Shuker is totally objective in his analysis of these subjects and is a very knowledeable zoologists. The accusation in one review that Dr. Shuker is fantasizing over these creatures and belongs on the Art Bell show is not true. In fact, I felt that he was too cautious and dismissive of witness' accounts when it came to these unknown creatures. This book is not the interesting mystery reading of Loren Myer, but it definitely is scholarly written and suited more for the educated sceptic that wants to learn more about the subject of unknown animals.
Noah took two of everything? Jan 25, 2006
Author Karl P.N. Shuker certainly is more liberal than I in assessing the legitimacy of strange animal sightings, myths, and legends. However, he is also much more conservative than others claiming Bigfoot exists behind every door!
Shuker, in his book The Beasts That Hide from Man: Seeking the World's Last Undiscovered Animals, tries to ferret out the truth when it comes to purported sightings or knowledge of mysterious beasts, such as the Mongolia Death Worm. From giant birds to sea serpents, he works to uncover connections between what IS known with what MAY be. For example, he reviewed what is known about giant birds, and discussed theories as to why a few very large eggs have been uncovered in Australia. Clearly he takes his investigations seriously.
It is very easy to be critical of this search for ..."the World's Last Undiscovered Animals." I have stuffed in my copy a review of a book discussing the "rediscovery" of cougars in Michigan and an article on cougars in Illinois (see pages 276-277 in The Beasts That Hide from Man), and articles about scientists discovering a new species of monkey in Africa, the highland mangabey, and a new rodent discovered in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (25 cm long... and found in a food market). There are animals waiting to be discovered!
I wish Karl P.N. Shuker was more critical in his approach to crytozoology. However, as I said above, he is more critical, and demanding of evidence, than most cryptozoologists. As far as this book, a number of the artist renditions were of poor quality, and the book would have been well served with Shuker partnering with an artist to develop new sketches. For these reasons, I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.
I look forward to using examples from this book to get budding naturalists to observe well, report accurately, and think critically. And if you've seen ANYTHING out of the ordinary, I suspect Karl P.N. Shuker would like to know.