Exotic Zoology

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Illustrated with black- and -white line

including

wondrous

stories of animals

drawings by Olga Ley

from

antiquity,

those

from myths and legends, and those from the briny deep



Willy Leifs

EXOTIC

ZOOLOGY Illustrated with black-and-white

drawings by Olga Ley

line

The extremely diverse inhabitants of Willy Ley’s extraordinary zoo have one thing in common: about each of them there is, or has been, a mystery.

have been solved; of the

fossil

Some of the

mysteries

category are those

in this

reptile Chirotherium,

structed from

its

recon-

footprints alone; and the

common eel, whose method of reproduction and

breeding grounds long defied

Another kind

of detection

involves tracing the factual

foundations—

research.

sometimes for

physical,

various

sometimes

unicorn

legend— and

linguistic

“myths,”

long-lived

remarkably well founded

— such

others

some as

the

fabulous

indeed.

Then there are other ies

that are

still

unsolved

intriguing myster-

— the "abominable

snowman" of the Himalayas; the "great unknown of the seas,” for whose existence is an impressive body of evidence;

there

and

the

"medium-sized

Central Africa, that rich curious fauna so

found

in

like

dinosaur,”

of

repository of

pre-glacial

fossils

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