A groundbreaking new book on the subject of cryptozoology has been released. Even if you are not a big crypto fan, I encourage you to check it out as an example of sound research and followup. If you are a cryptozoologist – it is a must-have. There is nothing else like it.
From the promotional material:
Abominable Science’s hefty 400+ full-color pages examine not only the roots of the best-known of legendary creatures, but also the methods, arguments, and personalities of the people who pursue them.
With extensive endnotes and citations to primary sources, Abominable Science will be useful for every serious monster-lover. It collects and distills key scholarly discoveries, critical insights, and skeptical arguments that have previously been scattered across the hard-to-find cryptozoological and skeptical literatures.
Abominable Science makes numerous contributions toward solving the major cryptid mysteries, showcasing discoveries that are either new or have not been properly explored before in the literature.
— the likelihood that the long-necked Loch Ness monster was inspired by a scene in the 1933 fantasy film King Kong;
— the likelihood that the sea serpent legend was derived in part from an artistic motif from ancient Greek and Roman art, the hippocamp (a fanciful mer-horse);
— the case that the first sauropod dinosaur skeletons mounted in museums quickly inspired the invention of both science fiction about surviving dinosaurs, and also of a new legend: the Mokele Mbembe (supposedly a sauropod living in central Africa);
— the role that fundamentalist creationists play in the pursuit and advocacy of cryptids (especially the Mokele Mbembe);
— the relationship between cryptid claims and the paranormal (including psychic, bullet-proof, or teleporting Sasquatches);
—the disconnect between paleontology-inspired cryptid legends and the actual fossil record.
I have this book, I have read this book, I am in this book, I love this book. Review of this will appear soon in publication and I will also make a version that I can post immediately online as well.
The main point about this book is that it is OUTSTANDING scholarship. Research is one thing. Many crypto-books involve tremendous amounts of research. But this one is meticulously referenced, cross-checked, with lovely pages, and beautifully illustrated. It is solid enough to hit someone over the head with which is what I would like to use it for (metaphorically speaking) regarding all the self-styled cryptozoologists out there. You can not call yourself one and then ignore this landmark piece of work. I look forward to their reactions to it, as do Don and Dan.
“a never less than rigorous examination of the evidence, and a cultural history of cryptozoology.”
“As Loxton and Prothero demonstrate, the hunters’ behaviour would appal most right- thinking field researchers. The title of the book says it all.”
Oooh, they are not going to like it all. But, buck up men (and a few women). Take your criticism and do something productive with it.