Hidden Animals: A Field Guide to Batsquatch, Chupacabra, and Other Elusive Creatures

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Hidden Animals: A Field Guide to Batsquatch, Chupacabra, and Other Elusive Creatures welcomes readers into the fascinating world of cryptozoology?the scientific pursuit of legendary creatures that sometimes reveals hoaxes and sometimes identifies real, previously unknown species. Compiled by Michael Newton, author of the acclaimed Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology, it is the first comprehensive guide covering the crossroads of zoology and folklore written for both the young and the ...

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Overview

Hidden Animals: A Field Guide to Batsquatch, Chupacabra, and Other Elusive Creatures welcomes readers into the fascinating world of cryptozoology—the scientific pursuit of legendary creatures that sometimes reveals hoaxes and sometimes identifies real, previously unknown species. Compiled by Michael Newton, author of the acclaimed Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology, it is the first comprehensive guide covering the crossroads of zoology and folklore written for both the young and the young at heart.

Organized by type of creature type, such as giant animals, missing links, and living fossils, Hidden Animals surveys various beings reported and pursued worldwide from ancient times to the present, in every corner of the globe. In the process, it relates classic myths and legends to identified flesh-and-blood animals. Readers will be captivated by both the scientific evidence supporting the existence of specific cryptids and the exposure of notorious frauds or cases of mistaken identity.

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Editorial Reviews

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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."

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ARBAonline

"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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SciTech Book News

"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."

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313359064
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

1 Too Big, Too Small 1

Giant Fish 1

Giant Lizards 3

Giant Salamanders 5

Giant Snakes 6

Giant Spiders 8

Giant Turtles 9

Hogzilla 10

Human Giants 12

Mahamba 15

Pygmy Elephant 16

Pygmy Hippopotamus 17

Pygmy Rhinoceros 18

2 Out of Place 21

Alien Big Cats 21

British Wolverines 23

Crocodilians 24

Eastern Cougars 25

Freshwater Octopus 27

Freshwater Sharks 28

Ghost Grizzlies 29

New Zealand Moose 30

North American Apes 31

Phantom Kangaroos 33

Piranhas and Pacu 34

Pythons 36

Snakehead Fish 37

3 Out of Time 39

Carcharodon megalodon 39

Dodos 41

Ivory-Billed Woodpecker 42

Living Dinosaurs 44

Mammoths 46

Mapinguari 47

Moa 48

Saber-toothed Cat 49

Steller's Sea Cow 50

Thylacine 52

4 Missing Links 55

Almas 55

Barmanu 57

Bigfoot 57

Fouke Monster 60

Minnesota Iceman 61

Momo 62

Mono Grande 63

Orang Pendek 64

Swamp Ape 66

Yeren 67

Yeti 68

Yowie 70

5 From the Depths 73

Bessie 73

Cadborosaurus 74

Champ 76

Chessie 77

Giant Jellyfish 78

Globsters 79

Illie 81

Kraken 83

Memphre 84

Nahuelito 85

Nessie 87

Octopus giganteus 91

Ogopogo 92

Scoliophis atlanticus 94

Selma 96

Tessie 98

6 Strange Skies 101

Ahool 101

Bighoot 102

Devil Bird 104

Kongamato 104

Kungstorn 106

Mothman 108

Olitau 110

Owlman 111

Ropen 113

Thunderbirds 115

Winged Cats 118

7 Mystery Maulers 123

Beast of Bladenboro 123

Beast of Gevaudan 125

El Chupacabra 127

Marozi 131

Mngwa 134

Nandi Bear 136

Queensland Tiger 139

Shunka Warak'in 141

8 Stranger Still 143

Batsquatch 143

Bunyips 144

Dogmen 149

Dragons 152

JerseyDevil 154

Lizard Men 159

Loveland Frog 161

Merbeings 164

Minhocao 170

Mongolian Death Worm 172

Monkey Man 174

Old Three Toes 176

Popobawa 178

Steller's Sea Ape 180

Unicorns 182

Who's Who in Cryptozoology 187

Glossary 189

Selected Bibliography 193

Index 195

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