Last year, we wrote about various scientific explanations for ghostly phenomena. This year, we thought we’d take a look at the world of cryptozoology, one that is inhabited by strange, mythical beasts.
We’re not talking vampires and werewolves here – allegedly supernatural beings – but a cast of creatures that includes giant marine reptiles, wild hominids – the Yeti and Big Foot – unicorns and even the “mothman”. Derived from the Greek "κρυπτός"/kryptos, “hidden” + zoology, cryptozoology literally means the “study of hidden animals”.
So, is the Loch Ness Monster anything more than an invention by the locals to attract tourists, and could a mythical man-like creature be roaming the wilds of the Himalayas? While cryptozoology is classified as a pseudoscience, it does shade into more mainstream zoology at its boundaries.