CryptoZoology A to Z; The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature

CryptoZoology A to Z; The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature

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CryptoZoology A to Z; The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature by Loren Coleman, Jerome Clark, Unknown

The ultimate quest for the world's most mysterious creatures.

The Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman — these are the names of the elusive beasts that have caught the eye and captured the imaginations of people around the world for centuries. Recently, tales of these "monsters" have been corroborated by an increase in sightings, and out of these legends a new science has been born: cryptozoology — the study of hidden animals.

Cryptozoology A to Z, the first encyclopedia of its kind, contains nearly two hundred entries, including cryptids (the name given to these unusual beasts), new animal finds, and the explorers and scientists who search for them. Loren Coleman, one of the world's leading cryptozoologists, teams up with Jerome Clark, editor and author of several encyclopedias, to provide these definitive descriptions and many never-before-published drawings and photographs from eyewitnesses' detailed accounts. Full of insights into the methods of these scientists, exciting tales of discovery, and the history and evolution of this field, Cryptozoology A to Z is the most complete reference ever of the newest zoological science.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780684856025
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 08/05/1999
Edition description: Original
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 192,796
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Loren Coleman, M.S.W., has researched the Copycat Effect for more than two decades. Coleman has been an adjunct professor at various universities in New England since 1980 and a senior researcher with the Muskie School for Public Policy. He is currently the primary consultant for the State of Maine's Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative. The author, coauthor, or editor of more than twenty books, including the critically acclaimed work Suicide Clusters, lives in Portland, Maine.

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Zuiyo-maru Monster

In April 1977, thirty miles off the coast of Christchurch, New Zealand, the trawler's nets of a Japanese fishing boat, the Zuiyo-maru, snared a huge animal carcass of an unknown origin. The crew hauled the monstrous body out of the ocean onto the deck, and Michihiko Yano, the ship's assistant production manager, measured the creature and took some now-famous photographs. The creature was thirty-three feet long and weighed about four thousand pounds. It had a snakelike head at the end of a long, slender neck, giving it an unwhale-like appearance. Some of the crew thought it was a rotten whale, but others were not so sure. After great difficulty, the stinking Zuiyo-maru Monster was thrown overboard.

Media attention in Japan focused on the plesiosaur-like appearance of the creature. Interest in Sea Serpents rose. Toys were produced of the Zuiyo-maru Monster.

But Yano had taken samples of the "horny fiber" from one of the monster's fins. Tests determined the Zuiyo-maru Monster was a decomposed basking shark, although few today know that part of the story.

Copyright © 1999 by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark

Table of Contents

CONTENTS
Cryptozoology Timeline
Introduction

Entries:
A
Abominable Snowman
Agogwe
Ahool
Almas
B
Barloy, Jean-Jacques
Barmanu
Batutut
Bayanov, Dmitri
Beast of Bodmin Moor
Beast of 'Busco
Beast of Gevaudan
Bergman's Bear
Bessie
Big Bird
Bigfoot
Bille, Matthew A.
Black Panthers
Blue Tiger
Bondegezou
British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club
Brosnie
Bunyip
Buru
C
Caddy
Cassie
Chacoan Peccary
Chambers Affair
Champ
Chuchunaa
Chupacabras
Clark, Eugenie
Clark, James Alexander
Clark, Ramona
Coelacanth
Coleman, Loren
Congo Peacock
Con Rit
Corrales, Scott
Crook, Cliff
Crowe, Ray
Cryptid
D
Dahinden, René
Dao Van Tien
Dinsdale, Tim
Dobhar-chu
E
Ellis, Richard
Emela-Ntouka
Ernst, William "Ted"
F
Flathead Lake Monster
G
Gaal, Arlene
Giant Anaconda
Giant Forest Hog
Giant Monkey
Giant Octopus
Giant Panda
Giant Salamander
Giant Sloth
Giant Turtles
Gibbons, William
Globsters
Goblin Universe
Green, John
Greenwell, J. Richard
Grimm, Jack
H
Hall, Dennis Jay
Hall, Mark A.
Harkness, Ruth
Heuvelmans, Bernard
Hominology
Honey Island Swamp Monster
Horned Serpents
Huyghe, Patrick
I
Igopogo
Iliamna Lake Monster
Indonesian Coelacanths
International Society of Cryptozoology
J
Jersey Devil
K
Keating, Donald
King Cheetah
Kirk, John
Koffmann, Marie-Jeanne
Komodo Dragon
Kongamato
Kouprey
Kraken
Krantz, Grover S.
Krumbiegel, Ingo
L
Lake Monsters
Lawndale Incident
LeBlond, Paul H.
Ley, Willy
Lindorm
Living Fossils
Loch Ness Monsters
Loofs-Wissowa, Helmut
"Lost World" of Vietnam
Lusca
M
MacFarlane's Bear
Mackal, Roy P.
MacKinnon, John
Mangiacopra, Gary
Manipogo
Mapinguary
Marked Hominid
Marozi
McLeod, James
Megalodon
Megamouth
Meldrum, D. Jeffrey
Merbeing
Minhocao
Minnesota Iceman
Mngwa
Moas
Mokele-mbembe
Momo
Morag
Morgan, Robert W.
Mountain Gorilla
Mountain Nyala
N
Nahuelito
Nandi Bear
Napes
Neandertals
Nellie
Nguoi Rung
Nittaewo
Norman, Scott T.
O
Ogopogo
Okapi
Old Yellow Top
Olgoi-Khorkhoi
Onza
Orang Pendek
Oudemans, Antoon Cornelis
P
Paddler
Pangboche Hand
Panthera atrox
Patterson Film
Perez, Daniel
Piasa
Porshnev, Boris F.
Proto-Pygmy
Pygmy Elephant
Pygmy Hippopotamus

Q
Queensland Tiger
R
Raynal, Michel
Rebsamen, William M.
Roesch, Ben S.
Russell, W.M. "Gerald"
S
Saber-toothed Cats
Sanderson, Ivan T.
Saola
Sasquatch
Schaffner, Ron
Sea Serpents
Short, Bobbie
Shuker, Karl P.N.
Shunka Warak'in
Sisemite
Skunk Ape
Slick, Thomas Baker
Storsjoodjuret
T
Taylor, Dan Scott
Tatzelwurm
Tchernine, Odette
Teh-lma
Telebiology
Tessie
Thomas, Lars
Thunderbird
Thylacine
Titmus, Robert
Tran Hong Viet
True Giant
U
Ucu
Ufiti
V
Vietnam Cryptozoic and Rare Animals Research Center
W
Waitoreke
Walsh, Dave
Wasson, Barbara
Winnipogo
Wood, Forrest G.
Woodland Bison
Wright, Bruce S.

X
Xing-xing
Y
Yameneko
Yeren
Yeti
Yowie
Z
Zeuglodon
Zuiyo-maru Monster
Appendix
Cryptozoology Museums and Exhibitions
Cryptozoology Periodicals
Cryptozoology Websites
On the Matter of Style
Texts Cited/Further Reading
Acknowledgments

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CryptoZoology A to Z; The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Another reviewer complained about the biographies in this volume. If you are dealing with a speculative, controversial subject like cryptozoology, it helps to know about its participants. That said, this work is already dated. It would be good to have a new revised edition updating what has occurred in the last decade. I think the authors could have downplayed some of the wackier entries like thunderbirds and giant apes (how could we overlook 15 foot flying birds and 10+ foot hairy monsters?) and in favor of more coverage on plausible cryptids. The book also seemed to give more coverage to ape-like creatures and to neglect other mammals and birds. However, this is the cheapest book of its kind on B&N and could have been a blatant rip-off instead of a pretty good introduction to unknown animals. If you like the offbeat, this should be quite enjoyable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because of a passing interest in the subject. The entries on the creatures explored are set up alphabetically and are mostly informative, if somewhat brief. What ruined the books value to me was the entries on the people involved in this field of study. There are just too many of these entries and they are usually longer and more detailed than those on the beasts the title leads one to believe are examined. I'd say that 3/5 of the book is devoted to people. It should be titled 'CryptoZoologists A-Z'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book but a revised edition is needed. Some of the creatures in this book such as the bodegezou are now known to exist and therefore no longer fall under the catagory of cryptids.
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How long is the samplel
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