Walking Rocks?

Query: When I was in Death Valley earlier this year, I saw some enormous 750-pound rocks that appear to travel across the desert on their own. I remembered your article about rock tortoises, and wondered if that’s what these rocks could be?

Corn of Plenty (Part 4 of 4): A Field Guide by Dr. Midas Welby

Corns of the Air: Air-corns utilize their horns for jousting, playing tic-tac-toe, and spearing food in mid-flight. Air-corns often lurk undetected in trees, wood piles, and rain gutters. When bored, they use their horns to ring the doorbells of unsuspecting humans. When the door begins to open, the air-corn flies away.


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A Present For Imaginaries: When winter comes, I get concerned about providing extra shelter from the elements for Imaginaries. Recently, I read about people who build wildlife brush shelters out of branches and plants in their yards, and thought this was a great idea.

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The Science of Imaginaries

Extinct, or just extremely rare? Even in the scientific world, identifying animals that have become extinct from the fossil records is a chancy business. Fossil records are hard to find, and when discovered, they’re often incomplete, due to predation upon the original remains, the deterioration of fossils over time, geologic disruptions, and theft. A great deal is left to the imagination of the paleontologist who unearths the bones of some prehistoric beast, as they have only bone fragments from which they try to interpret what the animal may have looked like.

Additionally, some famous fossil discoveries turned out to be hoaxes. An archeo-raptor skeleton publicized in 1999, originally considered the missing link between dinosaurs and birds, was later proven to be a fake.

If it’s that difficult for the scientific community to interpret the fossil records, how much more difficult it is to get an accurate picture of the lives of those Imaginaries that are now extinct! What makes it even more difficult is that when the fossil remains of an Imaginary are found, those anomalies that would identify the animal as an Imaginary are often attributed to corruption of the fossil, or written off as a hoax.

Dragon bones have been recovered in China and India, and more recently in England. Unicorn remains have also been reported recently from North Korea, China and Siberia. But the lack of academic support and research funding to pursue the meaning of these finds means that we will probably never know anything more than what we do now.

What we can do is continue to work from the stories and legends about Imaginaries that have been passed down to us through oral and written traditions, and try to identify which Imaginaries may no longer be among us based on those records.

Even this process of elimination is an inexact art. We are fairly sure that a number of dragon species have become extinct, although their fossil remains are generally written off as dinosaur bones, or as corrupted samples of reptilian or amphibious bones. There are also numerous Imaginaries, such as the endrop of Romania, the hidesuin of Scandinavia, and the karkadan of India, that have been described in detail in the stories from past centuries, but to our knowledge, have not been sighted in at least one hundred years. However, while it is possible that these Imaginaries may be extinct, the longevity and elusiveness of Imaginaries can be misleading, and some thought extinct have surprised us and proven to be very much alive.

Scientists suggest that we have only identified about 10% of the species on our planet. If this is so, then 90% of our world is hidden from us – including Imaginaries. For this reason, if you think you see an Imaginary of any kind, or signs of an Imaginary, please let us know here at Iranigami. You never can tell when your sighting will be the one that confirms the continued existence of that Imaginary. – GWYNEACH, Iranigami Annalist (U.K.)


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