By Daniel Loxton

ISBN-10: 0231153201

ISBN-13: 9780231153201

Throughout our historical past, people were captivated via mythic beasts and mythical creatures. stories of Bigfoot, the Yeti, and the Loch Ness monster are a part of our collective event. Now comes a booklet from devoted investigators that explores and elucidates the attention-grabbing international of cryptozoology.

Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero have written an wonderful, academic, and definitive textual content on cryptids, featuring the arguments either for and opposed to their lifestyles and systematically difficult the pseudoscience that perpetuates their myths. After analyzing the character of technology and pseudoscience and their relation to cryptozoology, Loxton and Prothero tackle Bigfoot; the Yeti, or Abominable Snowman, and its cross-cultural incarnations; the Loch Ness monster and its hugely publicized sightings; the evolution of the nice Sea Serpent; and Mokele Mbembe, or the Congo dinosaur. They finish with an research of the psychology in the back of the chronic trust in paranormal phenomena, determining the most important gamers in cryptozoology, discussing the nature of its way of life, and contemplating the problem it poses to transparent and significant considering in our more and more complicated world.

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Instead, he killed his son with a single shot to the head. Alex had been wearing a black toboggan cap, not a hog costume or anything else that would have made him look remotely hog-like. Yet at that distance, and with the suggestion that a wild hog was nearby, Dennis mistook a toboggan cap for a boar, and a tragic result occurred. Indeed, hunting accidents like this are common, since many hunters shoot first and ask questions later, often confused by distant objects that are moving and by the suggestibility of their own imaginations to “see” what they are looking for—not what is really there.

3). The Komodo dragon was called the “land crocodile” by Indonesians and frequently reported since 1840, but was not officially named or described until 1912. The kouprey, a large ox native to the jungles of Cambodia, was first mentioned in 1860, but not officially named until 1937. 2 A mountain gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda. (Photograph by Julie Roberts) Although the rate of discovery of large animals has dropped off considerably in the past century, less spectacular species are found every year.

Donald Prothero—trained in paleontology, biology, and geology, and writer of crystal-clear scientific prose readable by anyone with just a modicum of curiosity—brings to the field fresh ideas on how to think about these storied creatures, which may or may not exist, and illuminates how scientists think about such matters. Together, Loxton and Prothero have written what may well be the most important work to date on cryptozoology, taking its rightful place in the annals of skeptical literature in particular and scientific literature in general.

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