FAQ's about Cryptozoology FAQ: Is cryptozoology a science?

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Jan 3, 2011 7:28 AM CST
Name: Branden
Western Australia
The short answer is no. A number of scientists have had/do have, an interest in cryptozoology. And scientific equipment is now routinely used in cryptozoological expeditions/investigations. However, it differs from true science in a number of important ways and there is no universal cryptozoological authority which regulates the practice or research of cryptozoology. For example, there are no scientific journals devoted to cryptozoology as it is as much about speculation as hard facts. Many see that as its downfall. However, though it certainly is a disadvantage, speculation is also rife amongst true science.
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Jan 17, 2011 10:09 PM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
What would be the definite element or factor in IDing a creature of this sort? DNA? Would it need to be something other than Mammal? Amphibian? Fish? Moss? Protozoa? etc? If it's within the conventional genesis, it's normal and accepted as a known creature?
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Jan 19, 2011 3:09 AM CST
Name: Branden
Western Australia
There is some confusion as to what counts as a "cryptid", which is the name given to those animals studied by cryptozoologists, such as the Loch Ness Monster or Bigfoot. Strictly speaking, as cryptozoology is the study of hidden animals, it only covers biological entities. Though, to confuse matters, metaphysical or paranormal phenomena such as the Mothman and ghosts are sometimes also treated by cryptozoologists. However, these are not cryptids as they are not animals with a clear evolutionary history.

The defintive element (or factor) is simply a body or carcass, or a live example of the purported cryptid. Scientists can examine it and tell (if it is dead) that it either is or isn't a hybrid of different body parts from different animals. If it is NOT a hybrid, and the creature is not currently known to science (or accepted as valid) then it will be described in the scientific literature. And part of this process is usually taking a DNA sample from the creature for comparison with other known, and closely related species, to help determine whether it really is a new species.

Of all of the cryptids which have been recognized by science, all have been, though quite extraordinary in their appearance or ability to hide from scientists, rather ordinary species. The most excitement generated by such a find would probably be the giant squid (giant octopus are not yet recognized, though some species do grow quite large). However, there was never really any good argument against its existence, and it was always quite possible for it to exist, even before it was recognized.

I hope the above answers your question. If it doesn't, feel free to ask some more questions :)
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I am always very interested to hear about any sightings of cryptids that you may have made, or somebody you know has made.

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