Cryptozoology

September 30, 2009 on 1:41 pm | In Article | No Comments

Sometimes I like to peruse the internet looking for two of my favorite subjects the unexplained and genealogy.  It seems funny to me that both deal with spirits of one sort or another.  That says a lot about me I guess.

One of the subjects I find interesting is cryptozoology.  There is something about the unexplained that appeals to me.  Documentaries are a great source of information and my family really gets into them.  Have you ever seen something that you knew was real, but did not recognize what it was?  This just might help you.

There are several great shows on television these days on the subject.  My favorite is “Monster Quest” on the History Channel.  They do a good job of investigating everything from Big Foot to Thunderbirds.  I always find these interesting and I like that they make me really think.

I know this is a bit off the subject of hauntings, but I think very often there are things out there that we may think are one thing and they turn out to be another.  Some of these may be what people are seeing and are mistakenly thinking they are spirits.  Check them out.  We love the unexplained.

From Wikipedia:

Cryptozoology (from Greek κρυπτός, kriptos, “hidden” + zoology; literally, “study of hidden animals”) is a pseudoscience focused on the search for animals which are considered to be legendary or otherwise nonexistent by mainstream biology. It consists of two primary fields of research:

* The search for living examples of animals taxonomically identified through fossil records which are considered to be extinct, such as dinosaurs.
* The search for animals whose existence lacks empirical support but which appear in myths, legends, or undocumented sightings, for example Bigfoot and el Chupacabra.[1]

A subset of the first field is the search for wild animals outside of their normal geographic ranges, such as phantom cats.

Those involved in cryptozoological study are known as cryptozoologists. The animals they study are often referred to as cryptids, a term coined by John Wall in 1983.[2]

Because cryptozoologists do not typically follow the scientific method[3][4] and devote a substantial portion of their efforts to investigations of animals that most scientists believe are unlikely to exist,[5] cryptozoology has received little attention from the scientific community. In 2004, however, paleoanthropologist Henry Gee, a senior editor of the journal Nature suggested that cryptozoology may lead to legitimate scientific discoveries and could “come in from the cold.”[6]

Online there are sites that are dedicated to the search.  I stopped by Cryptozoology.com. From what I can tell this site is a great place for anyone with sightings or questions to log on.  Here is the list of site options to choose from:

http://www.cryptozoology.com/

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