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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

DALE DRINNON: Additional Unknown Animals

Dale started at IUPUI hoping for a degree in Biology before changing to Anthropology and as a result has a very diverse background in Geology, Zoology, Paleontology, Anatomy, archaeology, psychology, Sociology, Literature, Latin, Popular Culture, Film criticism, Mythology and Folklore,and various individual human cultures especially mentioning those of the Pacific and the Americas. He has a working knowledge of every human fossil find up until his graduation and every important Cryptozoological sighting up to that point. He has been an amateur along on Archaeological excavations in Indiana as well as doing some local tracking of Bigfoot there. Now he is on the CFZ bloggo..

Following my amended checklist of cryptozoological creatures published in two parts some days ago:

Part One
Part Two

These are further possible Cryptids under discussion at my Cryptozoology discussion group on yahoo, the Frontiers of Zoology.

Catsized South American Tarantulas
African Giant Spiders=spidery, tunnel-hiding landcrabs?
Landcrabs lk displaced Coconut crabs
"Hammerheaded Salamanders"
Titicaca Axolotls
Black Backed, outsized Arctic Albatrosses as Thunderbird-variants
Black and White sea crows
Garuda and Tengu as giant fishing eagles
Japanese Dragon Birds as giant hornbills
Giant hornbills of New Guinea
Muhuru=Mbelieu-mbelieu-mbelieu, a crocodile with an exaggerated back-crest.
Large shortsnouted crocs of Central Africa as possibly the same as Crocdylus robustus
Unknown large Melanesian Sea-going-monitor
(evidently NOT the "Tree"Crocodile Monitor but a "True" Crocodile Lizard)
Unknown sand-colored African monitor lizard
Unknown large African Spiny lizards (in the Sahel)
Unknown giant frogs of New Guinea, South Asia/Indonesia and South America
Unknown hairy frogs in the same areas
A large black monkey-killing eagle of Central African forests
Giant Vampire bats with 5 to 7 foot wingspan (Flying fox sized)
Unknown large longsnouted fruitbats in Latin America (prob similar-sized)
South American "Ahool" giant bats (Twice that size, or 10 to 14 foot wingspan)
Great Auks and Greater Auks ("Arctic Penguins", up to humansized, and Boobries)
Aztec Rain Worm=Mexican Amphiuma
"Flying Iguanas" of Latin America as cf. Flying geckoes
Unknown flying frogs of South America and New Guinea
Large and small forms of Australopiths of Africa
A possible Lyrebird of New Guinea, called a "Peacock" in old Natural History books.
Hucho (large landlocked salmoniformes) of Alaska
Draco lizard types of New Guinea, northern Australia and Japan
More freshwater octopi, including some of large size in Native American folklore.
Sea Apes=Sea Wolves=Water Panthers=Master-Otters, probably relic Megalenhydris
(Freshwater Hammerheads and sawfish--as noncontroversial)


Jon Downes said...

RICHARD FREEMAN WRITES: African Giant Spiders=spidery, tunnel-hiding landcrabs?

Another very neat idea that fits quite well and no-one else has thought of!

Tabitca said...

The blogs you write are really interesting and informative Dale. Certainly give me food for thought.I look forward to the next one!