Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other by Daniel Loxton

By Daniel Loxton

Throughout our heritage, people were captivated through mythic beasts and mythical creatures. stories of Bigfoot, the Yeti, and the Loch Ness monster are a part of our collective event. Now comes a e-book from devoted investigators that explores and elucidates the interesting global of cryptozoology.

Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero have written an exciting, academic, and definitive textual content on cryptids, proposing the arguments either for and opposed to their life and systematically hard the pseudoscience that perpetuates their myths. After reading the character of technology and pseudoscience and their relation to cryptozoology, Loxton and Prothero tackle Bigfoot; the Yeti, or Abominable Snowman, and its cross-cultural incarnations; the Loch Ness monster and its hugely publicized sightings; the evolution of the nice Sea Serpent; and Mokele Mbembe, or the Congo dinosaur. They finish with an research of the psychology at the back of the chronic trust in paranormal phenomena, selecting the key gamers in cryptozoology, discussing the nature of its way of life, and contemplating the problem it poses to transparent and demanding pondering in our more and more advanced world.

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Smith. ) Daniel Loxton wishes as well to thank his cryptozoological counterparts John Kirk, Loren Coleman, Paul LeBlond, and Ed Bousfield for their collegiality and for their generosity in sharing sources and information. Many people provided eyestrain and patience in hunting down key sources for this research. Special mention must be made of James Loxton’s many days of scrolling through microfilm, as well as Jason Loxton, Patrick Fisher, Stefan Bourrier, Jennifer Griffith, Greg Carr, and Colin Walsh for contributions to our research.

The RBCM has stood in the middle of cryptid central for decades and has weathered it with good humor and just the right attitude of accessibility, outreach, and public service. Similarly, we thank Edwina Burridge, Norman Newton, and Susan Skelton of the Inverness Reference Library; Caroline Cameron, Catriona Parsons, and the Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia; and Leslie K. Overstreet and Kirsten van der Veen at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Thank you, everyone. EVER SINCE WE WERE YOUNGSTERS, we have been enthralled with ideas about monsters and magnificent creatures with mythic and ancient roots.

Few of those who promote cryptozoology or engage in cryptozoological research—including those on a “hall of fame” list of famous cryptozoologists17—have advanced degrees or relevant training in fields that could make them authorities in finding or documenting mysterious beasts. These fields include wildlife biology and ecology, systematic biology, paleontology, and physical anthropology. Most monster hunters are amateur enthusiasts who are not familiar with the rules of science and are not trained in the basics of ecology, paleontology, or field biology.

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