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Monday, August 06, 2012

KARL SHUKER: RIDDLE OF THE BURU, AND THE LUNGFISH LINK


African lungfish


After reading an interesting cryptozoology post on the CFZ Bloggo re the buru, which mentioned my theory that this remarkable Asian mystery beast may be a giant lungfish, here is my full coverage of this subject, excerpted from my book Extraordinary Animals Revisited (2007) after it had debuted in my book's original edition Extraordinary Animals Worldwide (1991). (Incidentally, I had originally posted this particular article on ShukerNature back on 31 January 2009, but in attempting to update it yesterday, it somehow was republished in its entirety here, thereby obliterating the earlier version.)

1 comment:

Dale Drinnon said...

This is one of the key bones of contention between Karl and me (the closest candidate lungfish are half the length and they live in permanent pools, they do not estivate). I favour the traditional identification of giant monitor lizard following Heuvelmans et al. However I suppose the proper thing is to do as Karl did and repost the rebuttal.

Best Wishes, Dale D.