Q: Were there really great apes in South America?
A: The story told by Cristobal is true. No physical evidence was ever produced so who knows?
Q: Is the part about Conan Doyle true?
A: It is indeed! Documented. Well, not the part about meeting Donato. Trip, ship, year, destination, identity of ship’s surgeon, all documented. But Donato could have been there, couldn’t he?
Q: What’s a caiman?
A: A crocodilian. Relative to crocs and gators. I found a couple of references that referred to the creatures in the Amazon as gators, but more, and all reputable, said black caimans.
Q: Is the Tis plant based on a real plant?
A: Sort of. Crocus plants do have beautiful flowers and the stigmas are harvested by hand from one type crocus for the spice saffron. As far as I know, none have life extending properties. Darn!
Q: If I want to learn more about plants, animals or places in Terror Incognita, where can I look?
A: Click on “References” on any main page and you’ll find a list of places where information was gathered. I think it’s fun to graze “reputable” info sites so like to give you a place to begin if you want to.