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“Zoologists are born and not made” ~ Bernard Heuvelmans (1968)

The author with a few of the belua whale (Delphinapterus leucas) individuals residing at Marineland Canada.
The author with a few of the beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) individuals residing at Marineland of Canada.

About the Bizarre Zoology blog:

The Bizarre Zoology blog began on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 and has since been operating for nearly three years. The aim of Bizarre Zoology was a research-based exploration of our Earth’s captivating fauna through musings on bizarre findings and notions relating to the fields of Zoology, Cryptozoology, Paleontology, and Paleoanthropology. Formerly hosted by Blogger (see previous site here), technical issues and a need for expansion urged this blog’s move to the current WordPress platform. The Blogger-based Bizarre Zoology received over 300,000 views at the time of its last publication and was home to 1,067 comments. Although the former blog capped off at 84 published articles, its legacy will continue at this location.

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The author with a bronze statue of the Jurassic basal mammal Morganucodon at the National Museum of Natural History. The pillar behind the statue acts as a simple yet effective testament to the incredible epic that is the evolutionary radiation of Mammalia through deep time.

About the author, Jay Cooney:

Throughout his whole life, Jay has had an insatiable interest in the anatomy, behavior, ecology, conservation, and evolutionary history of animals. He has read numerous books, attended lectures, traveled to various zoological parks and nature reserves, visited museums, and communicated with fellow researchers in hopes of advancing his knowledge pertaining to the aforementioned topics. He took a term course on Anthropology during his Junior year of high school and is employed at a local zoological park. He has also gained experience in the natural world through hunting, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Jay currently attends Canisius College with a major in Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation and a minor in Anthrozoology. He is currently an assistant on the Canisius Marineland Orca Research Project studying beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) at Marineland of Canada (see this group’s former work here). His future goals include obtaining a PhD in a related field of zoological study and entering academia. His particular interests include the evolution of behavioral modernity, the purpose and future of zoos, the influence of anthropocentrism on how human societies perceive animals and the natural world, the relationship between science and religious faith, the shifting definition of the biological species concept, the applications of rewilding to conservation and humankind’s relationship with the natural world, and ungulate sociobiology. His work has been recognized for its quality by notable scientists such as paleozoologist Dr. Darren Naish, vertebrate paleontologist Dr. Thomas Holtz, mammalogist Dr. Ron Pine, zoologist Dr. Karl Shuker, zoologist Dr. Edward Bousfield, physical anthropologist Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum, and primatologist Dr. Michael Reid.

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The author with taxidermized specimens of deer of the world (Indian muntjac Muntiacus muntjak, moose Alces alces, and Chinese water deer Hydropotes inermis), undoubtedly the best animal lineage to ever exist, at the National Museum of Natural History.

Works Referenced in:

Naish, Darren. Hunting Monsters: Cryptozoology and the Reality Behind the Myths. London: Arcturus, 2016. Kindle.

Shuker, Karl, and Ken Gerhard. A Manifestation of Monsters: Examining the (Un)Usual Suspects. San Antonio: Anomalist Books, 2015. Print.

Shuker, Karl, and Roy Mackal. Still in Search of Prehistoric Survivors. Landisville: Coachwhip Publications, 2016. Print.

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