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"The well-researched, informative text is presented in a methodical format and black-and-white illustrations serve to enhance the text. The type and amount of information presented gives an excellent overview of the subject and will serve as a starting place for further research."
"Prolific freelance author Newton profiles 93 creatures not recognized by modern science, or in some cases officially extinct but still encountered by ordinary people. They include giant and pygmy versions of otherwise respectable creatures, animals living where or when they are not supposed to, animals that are part one thing and part another, deep sea and deep sky denizens, maulers, and those too weird to fit into any category of weirdness."
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"The text is impeccably resourced, and the tone is neutral. . . its presentation is sufficiently mature to keep an adult audience reading happily. . . . Recommended. Academic, two-year technical program, and general readers, all levels."
VOYA - Rachel Wadham
Cryptozoology is the study of hidden animals entirely ignored by mainstream science because many believe these animals do not exist; however, sightings continue to be reported. This field guide chronicles sightings of ninety three of these hidden creatures. Some of the animals are thought to be extinct, others roam in unnatural territories, and others defy scientific logic. From the more well known, such as giant piranhas, Nessie, and Bigfoot, to the less common, such as Marozi (a spotted lion), Minhocao (a giant earthworm), and Mothman (a large winged creature), this book presents a wide array of evidence that these creatures may still be on the earth. Using a dispassionate scholarly tone, Newton offers only a glimpse of each animal and instead focuses on cataloging the sightings and noting the physical evidence collected for each creature. This format leaves the reader wanting to know more about these creatures, a deficit that the author compensates for by including lists for further reading. While the author's style and tone allow readers to make up their own minds if the evidence shows fact or fiction, sadly they also make the text lifeless and very dull. Overall this work provides some fascinating information in a one-stop source; however, it will have limited interest and is probably most suited to large library collections. Reviewer: Rachel Wadham