Tuesday, January 15, 2013

R.I.P., Ivan Mackerle

Anyone outside cryptozoology will likely be unfamiliar with this name.  Ivan was a cryptozoologist, certainly the most eminent in the Czech Republic, but anyone can be "a cryptozoologist." What mattered, and why Macklerle mattered even though he never found a new species, is that he put his life where his mouth was.  Over four decades, he traveled, paying out of his own pocket, to New Guinea, Australia, Brazil, Madagascar, and other far-flung places.  He wanted to see everything for himself, look with his own eyes, follow up reports in person. Science depends on such people, be they amateur or Ph.D.  Read Karl Shuker's tribute here.

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