By Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, Ash Dekirk

Unusual beasts of every kind have crawled, run, swam, and flown via humanitys mind's eye and tourists stories because the sunrise of time. From Gryphons and Unicorns, to Dragons, Mermaids, or even more odd and fantastical animals, A Wizards Bestiary takes you on a mystical trip throughout the a while and around the globe, to find elusive creatures of fable and legend. pay attention - right here be Monsters!
The first part lists over 1,000 remarkable creatures from each land in an encyclopedic, alphabetical thesaurus layout, from Aatxe to Zyphoeus. every one access encompasses a small representation, in addition to cross-references to different comparable beasts.
Next, the authors current extra in-depth beneficial properties on a few of extra fascinating of those mythical beasts, equivalent to the ocean Serpent and the Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar. background, myths, and legends of every creature are offered, with specific emphasis on making a choice on real-life origins of legendary creatures in real dwelling animals, akin to the hyperlink among the Kraken and the large squid. This part is split into those categories:
* Creepers
* Walkers
* Swimmers
* Flyers
* Demi-Humans
* Animate Plants
Expanded cryptozoological entries contain the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, Mokele-Mbembe, El Chupacabra, Mothman, and different secret monsters stated through eyewitnesses yet now not but proven by way of science.
They are grouped into the subsequent categories:
* Primates and Hominids
* Bipedal Monsters
* Carnivorous Mammals
* Herbivorous Mammals
* Sea Serpents and Lake Monsters
* Birds
* Reptiles
* Amphibians
* dwelling Dinosaurs
* secret Monsters
A Wizards Bestiary is profusely illustrated with previous woodcuts, engravings, and different photos from ancient assets, in addition to interpretations via glossy artists, together with the authors. No different bestiary has been so well-illustrated! Hand-drawn medieval-style maps by means of Oberon Zell-Ravenheart exhibit purported locales of other beasts on all continents and seas.

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Dragons with feathery rather than leathery wings are called Amphiteres. Dragons exist in cultures the world over. A Wizard’s Bestiary 36 Eastern Dragons tend to be wise and benevolent creatures of clouds, rain, and bodies of water. Western Dragons tend to be crafty and evil, and many were slain by various heroes and knights. Some Dragons are based on known creatures, such as crocodiles, giant monitor lizards (such as the Komodo Dragon, Varanus komodoensis), the rib-winged flying lizards of Madagascar (Draco volens), and the remains of dinosaurs.

Its mouth was like a large slit. See Loveland Frog. The Magickal menagerie Fuath (Gaelic, “Hatred”; also Arrachd or Fuath-Arrached)—Shapeshifting water-monsters in the folklore of the Scottish Highlands. Dwelling in rivers, lochs, and the open ocean, they have webbed feet, yellow hair, a tail, no nose, and dress in green. There are several subspecies: Beithir is a monstrous serpent that haunts the corries and mountains of Glen Coe. The Brollachan is a shapeless entity said to be responsible for many weird or inexplicable occurrences.

Marmot means “mountain ant,” and to this day, people living above the Indus River collect gold dust from their burrows. Giant Monkeys—Reports of these from around the globe probably involve several species. They range from 4 to 6 feet tall, with barrel chests, thick arms, powerful legs, and bushy tails. Smaller ones are said to resemble kangaroos. They have fierce-looking, baboon-like faces and pointy ears. Their fur may be short to shaggy, and varies from red to black. Their three-toed tracks are 12 to 15 inches long, with The Magickal menagerie the larger ones being thinner.

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