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Mysterious creatures : a guide to cryptozoology
Eberhart, George M.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [2002]

Physical Description:
2 volumes : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes indexes.
v. 1. A-M -- v. 2. N-Z.
Format :


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QL88.3 .E24 2002 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
QL88.3 .E24 2002 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A comprehensive guide to cryptozoology--the quest to identify animals that have not been officially catalogued by science and to place these unknown animals into their proper zoological categories.

* Over 1,000 A-Z entries ranging from a few paragraphs to several pages, each with bibliography

* Over 60 photographs, illustrations, and drawings

* A graphic depiction of the geologic time scale for the last 545 million years of Earth's history, including when different types of animals first appeared

* An annotated list of over 400 animals discovered since l900

Author Notes

George M. Eberhart is senior editor of American Libraries and specializes in UFO and psychic phenomena.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Big Foot, mermaids, and the Loch Ness Monster are familiar to most readers, but hundreds of other equally strange creatures have been logged in this work for the high-school level and up. Some of these creatures, or cryptids, are real, some extinct, some legendary, some hallucinatory. The purpose of the work is to seriously study cryptids as distribution anomalies, unknown variations of known species, survivors thought to be extinct, mythical animals, paranormal creatures with animal-like characteristics, and hoaxes. More than 1,085 unknown animals are covered in field-guide format, some with pictures or drawings. Most articles include an etymology of the name, scientific name if available, variant names, physical description, behavior, habitat, significant sightings, present status, and possible explanations, such as misidentification of a known species or survival of an extinct species. The articles end with lists of chronologically arranged sources, many of them primary materials, and include both print and Internet resources. There are also entries for 40 major cryptid categories such as birds and sea monsters; these entries have useful cross-references to entries on specific creatures. Following the A-Z entries are lists of 431 species discovered or rediscovered since 1900 (such as the thylacine, a canid marsupial of Australia believed to be extinct since 1936 but seen by reliable witnesses up to the present time) and freshwater bodies in which unknown animals have been reported. A geographical index and a Cryptid Index close the set. This reference work is more scientific and comprehensive than Cryptozoology A-Z (Fireside, 1999) and will be an asset to public, school, and academic libraries where patrons are interested in cryptozoology. It is useful as a biological guide, a folklore reference, and a study of paranormal creatures. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist

Choice Review

Eberhart provides researchers with a much needed, authoritative reference work for cryptozoology, the study of animals such as "Bigfoot" and "Loch Ness monster" (Nessie) that are not scientifically recognized. He updates and builds nicely on the work of Bernard Heuvelmans, whose Sur la piste des betes ignorées (On the Track of Unknown Animals) was first published in 1955 and translated into English in 1995 (CH, Sep'96). Heuvelmans, a respected Belgian zoologist, recognized as the "Father of Cryptozoology," spent a lifetime studying cryptids and cryptozoology. Eberhart's work has over 1,500 entries for both unknown animals and those that have been classified since discovery. Entries have a consistent format with fields for etymology, scientific name, variant names, physical description, behavior, tracks, habitat, distribution, significant sightings, present status, illustrations, and a bibliography. The work concludes with geographic and cryptid indexes. Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark's Cryptozoology A to Z (1999) is another useful book on the subject. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Academic and public library reference collections. L. Windsor Ohio University