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This book is about Impossible as well as Possible animals. ‘Impossible’ because they are species not supposed to exist, and ‘Possible’ because they are long-extinct species which may still be alive. Sightings of such animals occur regularly throughout the world, in remote mountain ranges and forests, as well as in lakes, rivers and the ocean depths. I doubt that there are few lay people who have never heard of such mysterious creatures as Scotland’s notorious “Loch Ness Monster”; the Yeti [“Dweller among the rocks”] of the Himalayas; or ‘Bigfoot’ of North America.

Or, the giant snakes of the Amazon jungles; and the Mokele-mbembe of the Congo, giant dinosaur-like reptiles of pigmy folklore and now the subject of serious scientific attention. These are but a few examples of the more famous ‘unknown’ animal species believed to exist throughout the world. There have already been a great many books and magazine articles written, about these and other strange creatures reported seen in remote corners of our planet. Yet these publications, with few exceptions, have left out one vast region of the world. It is a region which has for too long been overlooked and ignored by researchers of zoological mysteries; Australia, and its neighbouring islands.

And yet, this region holds a great many zoological mysteries. For, while everyone has heard about the Loch Ness Monster, the Yeti, Bigfoot etc - how many overseas readers have heard of the Yowie? Much has been written about England’s mystery panthers and pumas [actually escaped illegal pets] but few overseas publications have given much attention to the giant “Australian Panther”. Scotland’s ‘Nessie’ is known worldwide, but how many Australians have heard about their own ‘Nessie’, the Moolyewonk, or Mirreeula of Aboriginal folklore? Giant sea and lake-dwelling creatures are to be found in the Australasian region that could quite easily rival ‘Nessie’ in scientific interest once they became better known.

Overseas mysteries such as the Yeti, ‘Nessie’, Mokele-mbembe etc, are interesting, but I do not feel they are as fascinating as the many animal mysteries to be investigated within the Australasian region. They are all here, the ‘extinct’ Tasmanian Tiger, the “Australian Panther”, Giant Australian Monitor Lizard, giant snakes, giant sharks, giant eagles and more. They are the “Monsters in our own back yard”, our very own Australasian ‘unknown animals’ begging to be recognised and investigated. There remains only the equally enigmatic ‘Bunyip’, that most fabulous of all ancient Australian Aboriginal animal traditions to be mentioned. And he deserves pride of place, for in the course of this thesis he holds an important place in the unravelling of the many mysteries to be revealed in this book.



The ‘Father’ of Worldwide Cryptozoology. Pt1

It was during the course of writing this book that Heather and I learnt of the passing of the great Dr Bernard Heuvelmans. Truly he was the acknowledged ‘father’ of the science of Cryptozoology throughout the world. No one could have accomplished his achievement in making the scientific world aware of the existence of unknown species of both land and sea, which in many cases might have remained unknown for a long time to come.

Dr Heuvelmans wrote voluminously on his researches, yet it is for just two books that he will be best remembered: “On the Track of Unknown Animals” - the acknowledged ‘Bible’ of Cryptozoology - and “In the Wake of the Sea-Serpents”.

Born in Le Havre, France in 1916 to Belgian parents exiled from their homeland by the First World War, he grew up with a fascination of animals and kept a wild assortment at his home. He later attended the Universite Libre in Brussels, where he received his doctorate in Zoology. At this time he also won first prize for small bands at an International Congress of Amateur Jazz.

With the outbreak of World War Two he saw war service, but was captured by the Germans. By the time hostilities had ceased, he had escaped from captivity four times! After the war he made his living as a professional jazz singer and also became a writer.

His sheer dedication, powers of observation and detailed investigations, would earn him the name among French scientists and amateur researchers alike, of the “Sherlock Holmes of Zoology”!

I had the honour of establishing contact with Dr Heuvelmans during the late 1970’s, and not too certain of my writing skills, provided him with a number of my major magazine feature articles on the cryptozoological and hominological scene in Australia. Pt2>>>>



The ‘Father’ of Worldwide Cryptozoology. Pt2

To my great surprise Dr Heuvelmans wrote to say how much he enjoyed receiving my reports from Australia, and that he found my style of writing exceptionally good, “very pleasant and easy to read”.

Indeed, he urged me to write a book on Australian unknown animals. When I finally began assembling material for this book in 1985 Dr Heuvelmans gave it his blessing. He also gave me his work copy of “In the Wake of the Sea-Serpents” in March that year, writing the autographed sentiment “To Rex Gilroy, with the hope that we will achieve great purposes jointly and my very best wishes”.

I treasure this book, and our long correspondence and exchange of information. Dr Heuvelmans has not lived to see this book published, but its general lay-out and content is largely the result of his guiding hand. We are certain that the mass of information presented in this book would delight the great Bernard Heuvelmans.

Not one to confine himself to “desk research”, at every opportunity he was to be found in the field, and made several major expeditions in search of mystery animal species, including one to Loch Ness in 1961, another to East and Southern Africa in 1967, as well as others to Central America [1969] and Malaysia [1963].

During the 1980s I suggested he visit Australia, presenting a number of mystery species for investigation, such as the Thylacine, “Australian Panther”, the ‘extinct’ giant monitor lizard etc. He liked the idea but his work at home otherwise detained him.

In October 1999, Dr Heuvelmans presented all his archives to the Musee Cantonal de Zoologie in Lausanne [Switzerland], bringing to a close 50 years of cryptozoological research. He died in August 2001.

Had he not lived and created the Science of Cryptozoology, influencing as he did, the researches of so many investigators, it is doubtful that this science would ever have reached the heights that it has.

Excerpts From The Book


Rex and Heather Gilroy are recognised internationally, as one of the world’s foremost husband and wife research teams. In the field of Australasian Unexplained Mysteries research they have no equal. They are at the very “cutting edge” of not only Australian Cryptozoology and Yowie [Relict Hominology] research but are also the foremost authorities on the ‘unwritten’ history of Australian discovery and exploration, as well as pre-Aboriginal Stone-Age Australian occupation research.

These daring and outspoken researchers are no friends of the Australian hard-core, narrow-minded scientific establishment, who would prefer that books of the kind produced by the Gilroys were prevented from publication. Rex and Heather are determined to place their evidence on whatever subject before their readers so that they can judge for themselves with an open mind, rather than be told what to think by the ‘establishment’ academics.

Rex, a self-taught historical researcher, archaeologist and naturalist, together with Heather, operate the “Australian Yowie Research Centre”, “Australian Cryptozoological Research Centre” and the “Australasian Cryptozoological Research Centre” at Katoomba NSW where they live. They frequently tour the country lecturing on their findings. Their files bulge with thousands of reports on a wide variety of phenomena apart from their Cryptozoological and Relict Hominological [ie Yowie] researches.

Currently celebrating 50 years as the founding ‘father’ of Yowie and Australian Cryptozoological research, Rex Gilroy, Australia’s first and foremost ‘Yowie Man’, is able to draw upon his lifetime of dedicated field research in the preparation of this book, and also two more books on the Yowie mystery to follow this massive work now before the reader. Read Excerpts From Each Chapter Soon.

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Book Contents

Special Dedication - Dr Bernard Heuvelmans.
Preface – Monsters in Our Own Backyard.
Foreword - What is Cryptozoology?
Introduction - A Night in the Australian Bush.

Part One – Setting the Scene. “In the Beginning”.
Chapter One – Enigma of the Bunyip / Chapter Two – Dawn Life of the Dreamtime

Part Two – Enigmas of the Insect/Spider World
Chapter Three – Insect Mysteries.
Chapter Four – Migration Mysteries.
Chapter Five – Giant Spiders of the Australian Bush.

Part Three – Lions and tigers of the Australian Bush
Chapter Six – The Tasmanian Tiger – Lost and Found.
Chapter Seven – What is the Queensland Tiger.
Chapter Eight – Australia’s Mysterious Marsupial Lions – Meat-Eaters of the Miocene.
Chapter Nine – The “Australian Panther” – Big Cats of the Bushland.
Chapter Ten – Living Mega-Marsupials?
Chapter Eleven – Devil dogs of the Dreamtime.

Part Four – Fishy Tales
Chapter Twelve – Mega-Sharks of Oceania.
Chapter Thirteen – A Coelacanth Found on an Australian Beach and other “Fishy Mysteries”.
Chapter Fourteen – A Menagerie of Monsters.

Part Five – Reptilian Nightmares
Chapter Fifteen – Giant Sea Serpents of Australasia.
Chapter Sixteen – Giant Snakes -Nightmares of the Bushland.
Chapter Seventeen – Crocodiles-Dinosaurian Man-eaters of Australia’s North.
Chapter Eighteen – Australia’s Lizard Giants.
Chapter Nineteen – Megalania – Mega Monitors of the Australian Bush.
Chapter Twenty – The Secret of Dinosaur Swamplands.
Chapter Twenty-One – Beware of Burrunjors in the Bush.
Chapter Twenty-Two – Pterosaurs Over Australasia.
Chapter Twenty-Three - New Guinea’s Fabulous Neodinosaurs.
Chapter Twenty-Four – Plesiosaur Mysteries of the South Pacific.
Chapter Twenty-Five – Australian Plesiosaur Mysteries.
Chapter Twenty-Six – Longneck Tales of the Georges River.
Chapter Twenty-Seven –Search for the Hawkesbury River Monster.

Part Six – Feathered Giants
Chapter Twenty-Eight – Living Feathered Fossils.
Chapter Twenty-Nine – Do Moas Survive in New Zealand?-The Search for the Scrub Moa.
Chapter Thirty – Giant Eagles of the Blue Mountains.

Part Seven – Manbeasts of Australasia and Oceania
Chapter Thirty-One – Australia’s Unknown Miocene Primates.
Chapter Thirty-Two – Dawn Hominids of the Dreamtime.
Chapter Thirty-Three –Homo erectus and the Giants.
Chapter Thirty-Four – Gargantuan Hominids of the Dreamtime.
Chapter Thirty-Five – The Hairy Man Dreamtime Australia.
Chapter Thirty-Six – Historical Accounts of the Yowie.
Chapter Thirty-Seven – Hairy Men of the Blue Mountains.
Chapter Thirty-Eight – The Yowie-Hominid Mysteries of the Australian Outback.
Chapter Thirty-Nine – In Search of Little Hairy Men.
Chapter Forty – In Search of the Rexbeast.
Chapter Forty-One – Hairy Devil-Men of Melanesia.
Chapter Forty-Two – Moehau and Matau – Manbeasts of Aotearoa.

Part Eight – Conclusion
Chapter Forty-Three – The Search for Mysterious Animals –Advice for Future Cryptozoologists.

Appendix – Save Our Butterfly Species!



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