The Cryptozoology A To Z: The Encyclopedia Of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, And Other Authentic Mysteries Of Nature
  • The Cryptozoology A To Z: The Encyclopedia Of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, And Other Authentic Mysteries Of Nature
  • The Cryptozoology A To Z: The Encyclopedia Of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, And Other Authentic Mysteries Of Nature
ISBN: 0684856026
EAN13: 9780684856025
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 5, 1999
Pages: 270
Dimensions: 0.55" H x 9.21" L x 6.14" W
Weight: 1.01 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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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.

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4
   Good reference for anyone interested in Cryptozoology.
While this book does mention some mythological beings, the existence of a majority of discussed creatures is at least plausible, and there is sufficient evidence to suggest that many may represent animals truly unknown to science. This book presents together with descriptions, some sighting reports, experiences and discussion of evidence of unknown creatures, all once thought extinct, elusive and subsequently proven to exist or rediscovered. As in the case of the famous coelacanth, a prehistoric fish thought extinct since the Cretaceous period, but was found in 1938 very much alive. A-Z Cryptozoology also sheds light on cases of misidentification and includes many profiles of people involved with cryptozoololgical studies. I highly recommend this book for those who want to learn more about cryptozoology, the many interesting, monsterous and bizarre creatures there are in our world and the people who search for them.
 
5
   Oh my gosh this book.
Today I received this book as well as Jost Gates'; Memoirs of a Monster Hunter and a few Smithsonian books. I decided to read this first. So far, I read three creatures in the beginning of the A's. In the first few pages of the book, they have in the contents every creatureanimal. I had no idea that there were so many creatures that we have leads! The book is very detailed and I think it contains a lot of information. It is about 250 pages to give or take a few pages. I'm not going to write a long review for this book, though I could easily. Without this book, no cyrptozoology fan is complete.
 
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   Strange Creatures A To Z
An excellent book on cryptozoology is Cryptozoology from A to Z The Encyclopedia... by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark. The book includes in alphabetical order creatures we are all familiar with - Loch monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, but along with these more common names we find listings for rare creatures with sightings from the Americas and around the world. The book starts with a clearly defined timeline, beginning with Baron Couvier's rash dictum in 1812 with the baron saying, little hope of discovering new species. The time line ends in 1999 with the rare Timor monitor, a blue species of the lizard. The encyclopedia begins with the well known abominable snowman and goes on for over 200 pages of lovely and intriguing descriptions ending with the Zuiyo-Maru Monster, a monster flung from the oceans off the shores of New Zealand. The encyclopedia also includes an extensive appendix with museums, periodicals and websites.
 
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   Superior
This book helps, to list and separate different myths and legends of cryptozoological species. It is perfect if you are a writer who is looking for information for a book. It is also a good starting point for those interested in pursuing a cryptozoological career. Coleman gives hope by also including some creatures that once had a cryptozoological status until they were discovered and became part of our society. He gives a short history of these expeditions ; it is very interesting. It is a good reference book and makes for an interesting coffee table ice breaker.
 
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   Would love to see updated version
I enjoyed it, but I did not realize that it was written in the 90s. Some cryptids are now officially recognized and there have been huge advances in science, DNA and how we view the world in general. There are also new experts in the field and so are no longer with us. Loren is indeed a blessing!
 
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   Thoroughly Entertaining and Informative
This is an excellent read for those who want to know quickly a great deal about cryptozoology. The book is well laid-out, and it never feels like it carries on for too long. That is, it is an encyclopedia. A dense read-through could be far too straight for some. It was perfect for me, though.
 
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   Love this building a collection
So I am an amateur radio about urban legends cryptozoology and mythology. I love reading these types of things because it is better to know the unknown and be more careful in these times, though I am superstitious, knowing that the real world can be boring sometimes and these books are awesome.
 
4
   Good, but showing its age.
This is a very good book that gives overviews of prominent cryptids from around the world... HOWEVER, it also spends MUCH of its time on many cryptozoologists. Sometimes even more than on the cryptids. Also, some of the entries are now out of date and give information that we either know was hoaxed or just plain WRONG. It lists this as a kind of island locked cousin to the Bigfoot. We now know that Menehune means low in status and not short in stature, as it used to be thought. In fact, the Menehune were the original population and work force of Hawaii. There is a Menehune MUSEUM on Kauai. The book is good and is still a good addition to your cryptozoology library, but cross-searching on its entries is a good idea, as I said before, it shows its age.
 
5
   Mysterious
True descriptions of legends and the people who discovered them. Keeps the reader intrigued, hard to put the book down.
 
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   perhaps this was helpful for research when it first came ...
Perhaps this was helpful for research when it came out first, but is allegedly scathing and missing far too many species that I had to study for my anthology. See AuthorDan com for more information. It was a partial help though in presenting some research sources and helping with my list of cryptids.
 
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