from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The study of creatures, such as the Loch Ness monster, whose existence has not been substantiated.
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- noun Study of
animalswhose existencehas not been proven.
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Here are a few abstracts to somewhat recent papers pertaining to Gigantopithecus (of interest to some in cryptozoology):
First though, a review of whats already been written in cryptozoology literature about Sudans potential mystery animals.
A convincing argument could probably be made that cryptozoology is not a science, but these arguments were not.
Because, as I've pointed out (in detail) in Cryptozoology: Science & Speculation, cryptozoology is primarily a methodology, and focuses on discovery science, not empirical science.
(And, for this, I recognize that cryptozoology can be, and often has been, used incorrectly; but, it does not logically follow that cryptozoology is inherently unscientific.) 1.
I am not an expert in cryptozoology or publishing (I don't think one can even be an expert in CZ), but I have enough experience with both (and a stake in the ongoing development of cryptozoological books), to make some observations without being entirely from left field.
There must be books that are primarily for popularizationthese should (accurately, scientifically) engage the beginning reader, introducing the reader to new concepts and a basic understanding of what cryptozoology is about, and the mystery animals with which it is concerned.
Within cryptozoology, ethnoknowledge leads to scientific knowledge, which engages the outside world.
A recent posting to another blog site suggested that the recently published Big Bird!, by Ken Gerhard through CFZ Press, is indicative of lowered standards in cryptozoology publishing (e.g., a thin, quick-print job with little to contribute and just looking for a fast buck).
No. I can count on one hand the number of "classics" published in cryptozoology in the last five yearsmake that one finger (Meldrum's Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science is the only true recent classic to come to mind).