Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Cryptozoology is the study of hidden animals. People devote their life looking for living animals that are considered extinct or animals whose existence lacks physical evidence but appear in myths and legends. (Bigfoot, Chupacabra, Loch Ness Monster, and The Yeti). Such animals are called cryptids. Cryptozoology is not recognized as a branch of zoology or discipline of science and does not follow the scientific method. Cryptozoology relies heavily on anecdotal evidence, stories, and alleged sightings which makes it an example of pseudoscience. 
There is an International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine founded by Loren Coleman in 2003 and is recognized as the first ever Cryptozoology museum in the world. The museum has been named the best quirky museum and made the top 15 list of the weirdest museums in the world in 2011 by CNN ranking in at #11. Some items you can see at the museum are actual hair samples of the Abominable Snowmen, Bigfoot, and the Yowie as well as a sample of fecal matter of a small Yeti collected Tom Johnson during a 1959 expedition. There are many supporters and believers of the study Cryptozoology. Numerous conventions and conferences are held throughout the year. Such as The Ohio Bigfoot Conference, Creature Weekend, and Fur the 'More.  


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