Taking a Hard Look at Cryptozoology

Cryptozoology is the study of still unknown species of animals. These cryptids, as they are called, include not only the Loch Ness monster, sasquatch and other "mega-monsters", but also many lesser known mystery creatures. (Some of these have more evidence going for them than the monster super-stars.) Cryptozoology often receives a bad rep because it is often practiced with little skepticism, or regard for scientifically supported facts and theories. Likewise, paranormal cryptozoologists do little to help the integrity of cryptozoology. It can, however, be a level-headed, interesting and possibly even scientific subject, if examined with open-minded skepticism and a scientific viewpoint.

Such an approach is the basis of this web site on cryptozoology. Ockham's razor, which basically states that the simplest explanation is probably the correct one, is a rationale that looms large here.

This web site is undergoing a major revamp--please disregard any juvenile grammar and credulity (I started this web site when I was rather young)!

Introducing Cryptozoology...

The meaning of cryptozoology.

A Critical Approach to Cryptozoology This originally appeared as an editorial in my periodical The Cryptozoology Review.

Is Cryptozoology a Science? I tackled this controversial question in this recent essay for forteantimes.com.

Topics in Cryptozoology

The Myakka Ape Photos Loren Coleman's take on recent photos from Florida appearing to show an ape-like animal.

The Cryptozoology Review is an exciting cryptozoology periodical published since 1996 that features in-depth news, well-written research articles, book reviews, and more. More details will soon be available on the web, but in the mean time e-Mail me for more details.

Books are essential to cryptozoologists, who must read up on many different topics so as to best evaluate cryptozoological claims. Check out my Cryptozoology Book Picks, a collection of books of cryptozoological interest. Each book features a review, and if you want to buy it, simply click on the title for a link to Amazon.com. Add it to your shopping cart and then return to my book picks for more!

I've added two items of interest to to my Shark Page. One is on a photo of a giant nurse shark. The other involves the truth behind rumours of giant cookiecutter sharks.

Vietnam's tropical forests have been a hotspot for discoveries of new species of large mammals over the last few years. Click here to find out why.

The Zuiyo-maru Carcass There has always been controversy over the identity of the famous Zuiyo-maru "sea monster" carcass, but scientifically speaking there is little doubt that it was really a decayed basking shark.

About 15 million years ago, a huge shark known as Carcharodon (or Carcharocles) megalodon appeared in the warm Miocene seas. This 15 m super predator, related to the extant white shark, probably fed on large fishes, small whales, and everything in between. Luckily for us, it appears to have died out at the beginning of the Pleistocene era, around 1.5 million years ago. Some researchers (mainly cryptozoologists), however, believe there is evidence that suggests that megalodon is still alive. Like most shark specialists and paleontologists, I do not subscribe to this theory, which is based on scant, poor evidence and requires an ignoration of accepted ecological and paleontological facts. I wrote a paper, published in The Cryptozoology Review, criticizing the theory of megalodon survival: "A Critical Evaluation of the Supposed Contemporary Existence of Carcharodon megalodon". (NEW!)

In a recent issue of Wild About Animals (vol. 12, no 2), a British magazine about pets, Karl Shuker (a prominent cryptozoologist) reiterated his claims that Megalodon may still be around, breezily dismissing my research linked above. I wrote a response to the article, but Wild About Animals felt it would be inappropriate for publication as it was too long and not of great import to them (this is unfortunate, but understandable as they are a popular magazine, not a journal). So, I have instead posted it here.

I have written extensively about sea serpent carcasses, and have found that virtually any case where good details exist, the carcass turns out to be a basking shark, a whale, or some other known sea creature. Whales sometimes wash up and create carcass that appear to have tusks, thus confusing eyewitnesses. Learn how this happens in an article I wrote for Fortean Times on-line about the tusked sea serpent carcasses.

Ben S. Roesch's On-Line Cryptozoology Archives

This is the main feature of this site: Tons of news and reports are waiting for you! Visit Ben S. Roesch's On-Line Cryptozoology Archives

If you have reports, news clippings, or articles of a cryptozoological nature that you would like to submit, e-mail me.

Links and More

For more information on cryptozoology, check out my cryptozoology links page.

Curiosities of Biological Nomenclature Ever heard of the wasp Olemistus chewbacca? This is a great site listing many hilarious or otherwise interesting scientific names of organisms. Who says scientists don't have a sense of humour?

Check out this cool review by the UK Internet mag "The Web" about this web site!

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