Rhinogradentia - The Lost Islands
The monograph on Rhinogradentia by the illustrious Harald Stumpke is lauded as the cornerstone of Snouter-zoology. This singular book brought notoriety and scientific vindication to the now defunct Hi-iay islands and the animals that lived there. However in another part of the South Pacific, almost a century earlier, there may have been another equally unusual fauna, if certain sources are to be believed.
The diary of Portuguese explorer Afonso Claudio Fernandes is a document that was almost completely forgotten, unearthed in the archives of the Australian Museum in 1980. How it got here is not clear, and it probably changed hands between museums many times, being thought of no consequence, as only a curiosity.
But the contents of this diary are singular in their strangeness. Originally thought to be a grimoire of odd mythical beasts, looking upon the accounts and figures in light of Stumpke’s work leads us to an interesting conclusion. The