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Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology [Kindle Edition]

Michael Newton

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Book Description

On every continent and in every nation, animals unrecognized by modern science are reported on a daily basis. People passionately pursue these creatures--the name given to their field of study is cryptozoology. Coined in the 1950's, the term literally means the science of hidden animals. When the International Society of Cryptozoology (ISC) was formed in 1982, the founders declared that the branch of science is also concerned with "the possible existence of known animals in areas where they are not supposed to occur (either now or in the past) as well as the unknown persistence of presumed extinct animals to the present time or to the recent past…what makes an animal of interest to cryptology is that it is unexpected." This reference work presents a "flesh and blood" view of cryptozoology. Here, 2,744 entries are listed, the majority of which each describe one specific creature or type of creature. Those entries cover creatures that have been reported from an extremely wide variety of locations worldwide, and throughout recorded history. Other entries cover 742 places where unnamed cryptids are said to appear; profiles of 77 groups and 112 individuals who have contributed to the field; descriptions of objects and events important to the subject; and essays on cryptotourism and hoaxes, for example. Appendices offer a timeline of zoological discoveries, annotated lists of movies and television series with cryptozoological themes, a list of crypto-fiction titles and a list of Internet websites devoted to cryptozoology.


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About the Author

Michael Newton is the author of 281 books. He lives in Nashville, Indiana, USA.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 31602 KB
  • Print Length: 584 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland; Reprint edition (6 Jan. 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006LMDEGS
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, highly recommended by one who is reading it 20 Jan. 2005
By reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I just don't know why some people send in comments on books they haven't read. This book is obviously outstanding, and priced due to all the work it took in creating it and to whom it is marketed.

I received Michael Newton's Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology, late yesterday.

I will be writing a formal, published review, but I want to alert you to how

good it is. You should go out of your way to highly recommend it for

purchase by your local, school, or university library (the target audience

of a reference work like this). And for those serious cryptozoologists who

can afford it, for your personal research library, it, simply put, is a

*must* buy.

Last night, I couldn't help myself, and stayed up until the wee hours of the

night, reading, flipping, reading more, surfing, reading, and smiling. What

a trip. Newton's got it down pat. Critical writing with a light hand and

open-mindedness to looking at all facets, in presenting cases, cryptids, and

evidence, as well as the overturning of media-driven hoax claims (Nessie

Surgeon Photos, Ray Wallace fiasco, and others). Most surprising of all the

entries I have read so far is Newton's reexamination of the supposed 1990

expose' of Three-Toes, with a fresh look again at "all" elements of those

1948 events. This volume quite correctly is as skeptical of blanket

debunking claims as it is to the fast rush to specific cryptozoological

hypotheses. Newton logically critiques the various theories of

cryptozoologists who have ventured forth with their thoughts. His

discussion of the Minnesota Iceman, for example, in its total fairness to

several points of view, I found amazing.

There are 2,744 entries, including 112 individual biographies, 77

cryptozoology groups described, and, of course, lots of location data,

cryptids detailed, and illustrations sprinkled throughout. It also has some

fantastic appendices that are comprehensive listings of new animal

discoveries, cryptofiction, cryptozoology in films, and cryptozoology on

television. At 576 pages in one oversized volume, it is a rather user

friendly reference work.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent collection 25 Mar. 2006
By infinte_variety - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I will agree with the reviewer 'reader' and say this is an excellent collection of up to date material. To the others all I can say is if you can't be bothered to read something, let alone pay for it, then don't bother reviewing it. It's nothing but sour grapes. As for the price, you get what you pay for, and if all you want are $10 books then stick to the rehash in the bargain bin.

For those looking for a serious collection this is the book for you. You could buy twenty cheaper books and not get everything that is in this one issuance. The appendices alone should keep you going with any of the subjects you find interesting.
To be fair the illustrations are not the greatest but it isn't intended to be a picture book.
Yes, it isn't cheap but if this is where your interests lay this volume should be in your collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars This book really has it all! 3 Mar. 2015
By Rebecca Braham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the ultimate cryptozoology book, and really covers everything from the popular Bigfoot and lake monsters to some very obscure and little known creatures of mystery. What I really like about this book is that it has entries dealing with cryptids that one is hard pressed to find much information about, such as the veo (a giant pangolin from Indonesia), and it also comprehensively covers the whole globe. It also offers a range of sound scientific explanations for the cryptids examined, instead of launching into discussions on paranormal phenomena which start to become rather tedious and far-fetched. My personal view is that as cryptozoology is a branch of investigation dealing with animals unknown to science, or with animals thought to be extinct, or outside of their known geographic limits, spiritual matters fall outside of that spectrum and belong more in books about ghosts and the like.
Normally this is quite an expensive title, but it is well worth the money spent, particularly if you can purchase it on special as I did. It is a must for every serious cryptozoologist's library.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly accessible to general-interest readers 15 Oct. 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Many journals have recommended ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CRYPTOZOOLOGY and it's easy to see why: it packs in the research material, adds reference and bibliographic notes, and features animals unrecognized by modern science in nations around the world. That said, it's also recommended as a pick for college-level natural history collections and public library holdings alike: it packs in over two thousand reference entries on particular creatures, providing history of human interactions, natural history, and comments on environment. While not many general-interest readers would initially pick up ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CRYPTOZOOLOGY, figuring it too weighty for leisure reading, its articles and listings prove surprisingly accessible to general-interest readers, once you get past the impressive, technical-sounding title.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding And Well Researched 12 Sept. 2006
By R. McRae - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Not only is this the best Encyclopedia on the subject I've ever read, but extremely well researched. Even updating right up to its publication, some of the material from other sources. I don't care how many other subjects Mr. Newton has written on, he has definitely done his homework for this one. And a quick browse of my other reviews will show I've reviewed many of the others too. If the subject is as interesting to you, as it has been for me for many years, you'll find some way to read this one.
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