A Cryptid is a creature or even a plant that’s existence has been suggested but has not been discovered or documented by the scientific community (Wikipedia.com). Cryptids are known to be part of legends, old wise tales, and mythology. Cryptozoology is a pseudoscience that involves the search for animals whose existence has not yet been proven. This kind of search includes searching for animals that are said to already be extinct. Cryptids was term made by John Wall in 1983 who sent a letter to the International Society of Cryptozoology. The prefix of “crypt- is Greek and means “hidden”(Wikipedia.com) The stories of these animals that I will be talking about include Bigfoot.
The science community has separated themselves for cryptozoology do to the fact that the evidence that is provided is weak, and wouldn’t hold up against the scientific research. Still some scientists can’t completely dismiss the claims that there are animals that there are specific cases of animals that have gone unrecognized by science (Wikipedia.com). There is a classification system that George M. Eberhart part of the American Library Association, who has written for the Journal of Scientific Exploration. This written piece for the journal discussed how difficult it was to categorize the media materials about fringe science. The classification system that Eberhart came up with has 10 types of mystery animals under the crytozoological umbrella (Wikipedia.com). The classifications are as followed and are found in his book called Mysterious Creatures. 1. Distribution anomalies, animals known as animals reported outside their normal range. 2. Undescribed, unusual, or outsized variations of know species. 3. Survivals of recently extinct species. 4 Su...
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...his evidence could be man-made and a hoax (animalplanet.com).
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