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Successes of Cryptozoology

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Various animals have been discovered, but to be discovered by the cryptozoological method the existence of the animal must have been predicted. A cryptid may be an invertebrate rather than a vertebrate, and the existence of a sphyngid (Xanthopan morgani praedicta) discovered in Madagascar in 1903 was predicted by Charles Darwin in 1861. This moth has a 25 cm long proboscis and the existence of this animal was predicted to explain the shape of an orchid flower.

Inaccessible Island, in the Atlantic, is inhabited by a flightless rail of the genus Atlantisia that inhabits dense tussock grass and was only described in 1923. In 1935, Skinnear predicted the existence of a flightless rail on Accension Island that was confirmed by the discovery of the subfossil remains of a second species of Atlantisia there in 1970. In 1981, Michel Raynal predicted the existence of a flightless rail similar to the takahe on Hiva-Oa. In 1986, the discovery of subfossil remains there from a rail congeneric with the takahe confirmed this suspicion.

The existence of a population of bears in the Atlas mountains has been controversial since classical times, with some arguing that there were no indigenous bears in North Africa whilst others argued against this. The radiocarbon dating of bear bones from Algeria in 1998 has confirmed that bears, Ursus (arctos?) crowtheri, once inhabited North Africa around 420AD to 600AD. Another large animal, the Vu Quang ox, was predicted to exist because this animal was described by the Chinese.

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What is Cryptozoology?

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Cryptozoology is the study of unknown animals, or cryptids. A group of unknown animals are defined as a population of cryptids when they are not only suspected to exist but to be a separate population that after discovery would be described as a new species or subspecies, or else are perhaps members of a species considered extinct. Cryptozoology is biology and is not associated with animal apparitions. Out of place animals, known species transported to unlikely locations, such as the big cats reported from parts of Britain, are not cryptids even though their existence may be controversial and though a population of out of place animals may in some cases be more likely than a group of genuine cryptids (so the study of out of place animals are still of interest to a cryptozoological researcher for this reason). Many cryptozoologists are qualified scientists, though this is not to say that other cryptozoologists are any less scientific. Cryptozoology interacts with other sciences, such as palaeontology and archaeology and like these other sciences is based upon data that can be verified and hypotheses that can be discussed, such as those relating to the supposed carcass of a sea serpent disgorged at Naden Harbour. Cryptozoology relies upon statistics as do many other sciences, and has done so since the 19th century. Although the word cryptozoology is a relatively new word, the method has been around for much longer and was once the standard method used in zoology. In the 19th century, Huxley confessed to having no doubts about the existence of the serpent of the sea, and other scientists around the same time also had an open minded approach to what would now be called cryptozoology. The arrogant claim of later scientists that all large land animals had been discovered has constantly been refuted by discoveries such as the Chacoan peccary, the pygmy hippopotamus and the Vu Quang ox. Such animals were new to western science, but were understandably known to the locals for a long time, which demonstrates the importance of taking seriously reports of what may be unrecognised animals. The discovery of cryptids can take a long time. The giant forest hog was first reported by Dr., Olfert Dapper in 1668 but only described in 1904. Cryptids can be small animals and do not neccessarily need to be vertebrates. Smaller cryptids include the rail sighted by Thor Heyerdahl on a Pacific island and elsewhere in the Pacific the waitoreke of New Zealand, commented upon by Darwin and suspected to be a cynodont. Just as completely new animals can be discovered, so species thought extinct can easily be rediscovered as has repeatedly happened in the 20th century.This is a personal view of the science of cryptozoology, but this definition is generally close to that of other cryptozoologists.

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Devil Monkey

Alexander LaFountain

Alexander LaFountain

Sr. Director/Demonology Dept Chair at National Paranormal Society
Alexander LaFountain is a Demonologist based out of Texas. He was a member of Ghost Watchers Paranormal Investigations when he lived in Georgia and became a member of the Afterlife Research Team when he relocated to east Texas. He spent the last several years studying demonology and handling demonic based cases. He is also working towards becoming a Catholic Priest in the Independent Catholic Community.
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For the first article in the newly formed Cryptozoology department, we are going to discuss the Devil Monkey. This is a cryptid with multiple sightings that range from as far south as Georgia, USA to as far North as Alaska. What is very interesting about these sightings, is that in almost all of these encounters or sightings the witnesses describe almost the exact same creature with slight variations gave to its height. However the majority of the sightings or interactions with this creature place it as roughly four feet tall. They are said to reside primarily in the Appalachian mountains which could indicate an undiscovered species of primate. These creatures closely resemble the known species of primates, the baboons. However they are also compared to kangaroos because of their supposed powerful back legs which allow them to jump incredible lengths. Some have claimed these creatures can jump very fast and up to 20 feet.

Some people believe these creatures kill stray people but more often they are reported as having attacked pets though there has been no confirmed cases of any person or pet being killed as of yet. These creatures are said to have long canines, three toed razor sharp feet, kangaroo like legs, long tails that are often bushy, and short tiny pointy ears. They are said to be very dangerous when encountered. So far the earliest report of these creatures stems from a report made in South Pittsburgh, Tennessee in the year of 1934. These witness claim they saw a monkey like creature moving very fast and jumping great distances. The first official sighting came in 1959 and was sighted by the Boyd couple who claimed this creature attacked their car leaving a total of three scratches. The most recent sighting was in June of 2009 by a biologist who described seeing a creature running towards a field, that closely matches the overall description of this creature. The question that remains is whether or not this creature is real. If it is, what is it? Is it an undiscovered member of the primate family, living relatively undetected in the Appalachian mountains? To date the scientific community has no answer to what these people have reported seeing and interacting with.

Sources Cited:

Devil Monkey Copyright 2002-2011 Rob Morphy: http://www.americanmonsters.com/site/2010/12/devil-monkeys-north-america/

Devil Monkey’s Cryptid Wiki: http://cryptidz.wikia.com/wiki/Devil_Monkeys

Alexander LaFountain

Alexander LaFountain

Sr. Director/Demonology Dept Chair at National Paranormal Society
Alexander LaFountain is a Demonologist based out of Texas. He was a member of Ghost Watchers Paranormal Investigations when he lived in Georgia and became a member of the Afterlife Research Team when he relocated to east Texas. He spent the last several years studying demonology and handling demonic based cases. He is also working towards becoming a Catholic Priest in the Independent Catholic Community.
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Loch Ness Monster

Alexander LaFountain

Alexander LaFountain

Sr. Director/Demonology Dept Chair at National Paranormal Society
Alexander LaFountain is a Demonologist based out of Texas. He was a member of Ghost Watchers Paranormal Investigations when he lived in Georgia and became a member of the Afterlife Research Team when he relocated to east Texas. He spent the last several years studying demonology and handling demonic based cases. He is also working towards becoming a Catholic Priest in the Independent Catholic Community.
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In this article we are going to take a look at the famous Loch Ness Monster! There have been many sightings of this creature over the years, most of them in the modern times. There have been many photos, videos, and audio samples turned in, with people claiming to have found proof of this creatures existence. Most were found to have other explanations behind them, some were hoaxes designed to attract fame and fortune, and the rest were inconclusive. The Loch Ness has also had many theories created to try and explain what is in there. There are theories that talk about the Loch Ness Monster being a dinosaur that survived the extinction, being a magickal beast that can travel between dimensions, being a misidentified animal, and being an undiscovered species of animal that had survived, unnoticed for centuries.

Regardless of your personal feelings towards this beast, the fact remains that this cryptid has enraptured the minds of not only the Scottish, but the rest of the world also. So it certainly warrants further exploration and study. We will start with the earliest known sighting of the Loch Ness Monster, called Nessie by many. The earliest known sighting of Nessie  comes from the 6th century tale of Saint Columba. Saint Columba visited the Scottish Picts while doing missionary work and encountered a man burying another man near the loch. He inquired as to what had taken place, where he was given the account of the deceased man being killed by a large water beast. Saint Columba had one of his followers then swim across the Loch as bait for the water beast. Sure enough, the water beast arose to kill the man and Saint Columba repelled it with his faith in the Christian God. There is a lot of debate regarding whether or not this account actually talks about Nessie or refers to a different animal all together (some believe its simply a tale designed by the Church to awe the Pagan masses in Scotland) however many people point to this tale as a foundation for their belief that Nessie has always inhabited the Loch.

The modern interest in the Loch Ness Monster started with the account given by George Spicer and his wife, in 1933. They claim they were driving when a large beast, which they described as having a physical appearance that lined up with the majority of modern descriptions (except they could not see any limbs, they believed a dip in the road kept them from seeing its limbs) regarding Nessie. Also in 1933a man named Arthur Grant, a vetrinary student, claimed to have hit Nessie while driving his motorcycle. He claimed that the creature he hit, looked like a seal mixed with a plesiosaur. Lastly in 1933 construction workers claimed to have spoted the creature multiple times as they were working on a road near the Loch.

In 1938 a police chief in Scotland, wrote an official letter stating his beliefs regarding Nessie being real and talking about a group of hunters determined to bring Nessie in, dead or alive. 1954 sonar contact was made with a strange object or creature, by the fishing boat, Rival the third. According to the statements of the crew, this strange object kept pace with their fishing boat for almost half a mile. They claim the sonar pinged on some thing that was roughly 480 feet below the water.

The earliest known photograph to be captured was by a man named Hugh Gray in 1933. He claimed he saw Nessie rise up from the lake so he snapped a few pictures. Only one picture turned out and in it, is a rather blurry image of what appears to be an animal in the water. The most famous picture and indeed the most controversial, is the Surgeon’s Photograph that was taken in 1934 by a man named Robert Wilson. Wilson, a respected doctor in his field of medicine, claimed to have spotted Nessie. He then reacted by snapping a few pictures. One turned out to show what looks like a large animal, with a horse like head and long neck swimming slightly above the water’s surface. The photo is black and white, very blurry but one of the most clear photographs ever captured of Nessie.

Many attempts have been made to capture evidence of Nessie from Sir Edward Mountain’s 1934 attempts to BBC’s widely watched special in 2003. Monsterquest even attempted to find the Loch Ness Monster as the subject of one its episodes. So far no concrete evidence has been found of Nessi’s existance. Though the hunt still continues!

Sources Cited:

Loch Ness Monster (Wikipedia): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loch_ness_monster

Legend of Nessie: Official Website: http://www.nessie.co.uk/

Alexander LaFountain

Alexander LaFountain

Sr. Director/Demonology Dept Chair at National Paranormal Society
Alexander LaFountain is a Demonologist based out of Texas. He was a member of Ghost Watchers Paranormal Investigations when he lived in Georgia and became a member of the Afterlife Research Team when he relocated to east Texas. He spent the last several years studying demonology and handling demonic based cases. He is also working towards becoming a Catholic Priest in the Independent Catholic Community.
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The Thunderbird

Alexander LaFountain

Alexander LaFountain

Sr. Director/Demonology Dept Chair at National Paranormal Society
Alexander LaFountain is a Demonologist based out of Texas. He was a member of Ghost Watchers Paranormal Investigations when he lived in Georgia and became a member of the Afterlife Research Team when he relocated to east Texas. He spent the last several years studying demonology and handling demonic based cases. He is also working towards becoming a Catholic Priest in the Independent Catholic Community.
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For this article we are going to discuss the Thunderbird. There have been many accounts of giant birds all over the world and indeed some famous birds that many have heard of (from a mythological or cryptozoological standpoint) are the phoenix and African Lightening bird. So what is the basis for these giant bird sightings? Are people simply misjudging the size of these birds? Are they lying to get attention? Are they perhaps mistaking other known creatures for these allegedly unknown birds? Or is there some thing more to these accounts of giant birds? Indeed we are going to examine a well known giant bird, called the Thunderbird.

The Thunderbird is commonly talked about in Native American legends. Many of these legends describe a giant bird with a wingspan of 20 feet or longer. Some of these legends say that these birds are really Gods that protect their territory by flapping their massive wings which causes thunderous booms to scare people away. They describe what many believe are the now extinct, pterosaurs. These Thunderbirds are said to have eaten everything from killer whales, to small animals, to even human children.

So apart from the Native American legends are there any modern accounts of these creatures? In fact yes, there are many. One famous account comes from a group of cowboys who claimed to have killed this creature, nailed it to the side of a barn, and even photographed it, though the photo has long since been lost (this took places before the 20th century). Another modern account comes from an incident that took place in July of 1977, when a boy claims to have been picked up by a giant bird and carried over 30 feet before escaping unharmed. Another account takes place in Pennsylvania in 2001, when a 19 year old man claims to have seen a giant bird making large thunderous flapping noise, fly above him with a wingspan of 10-15 feet.

Texas, Alaska, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania have reported frequent sightings of these large birds. So do they prefer to live in these states? Do they migrate perhaps from state to state? To date there has been no hard, concrete evidence found to substantiate the existence of the Thunderbird. However sightings continue to happen and people continue to hunt for evidence to prove these birds exists.

Alexander LaFountain

Alexander LaFountain

Sr. Director/Demonology Dept Chair at National Paranormal Society
Alexander LaFountain is a Demonologist based out of Texas. He was a member of Ghost Watchers Paranormal Investigations when he lived in Georgia and became a member of the Afterlife Research Team when he relocated to east Texas. He spent the last several years studying demonology and handling demonic based cases. He is also working towards becoming a Catholic Priest in the Independent Catholic Community.
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The Father of Cryptozoology

by Scotty Rushing

The advancement of cryptozoology as a serious form of research can be credited to numerous individuals, but one man is widely considered to be the “Father of Cryptozoology.” That man is Bernard Heuvelmans.

Heuvelmans was born on October 10, 1916 in Le Havre, France. From a very young age, Heuvelmans was very interested in natural history. Like so many others, Heuvelman’s fascination with unknown animals can perhaps be traced to a fondness for the science fiction novels of Jules Verne and other popular authors. Bernard Heuvelmans never outgrew his interests, and he obtained a doctorate in zoology from the Free University of Brussels. The subject of Heuvelman’s doctoral thesis was a classification of the aardvark’s teeth, something which had not been previously accomplished. For several years after graduation, Heuvelmans wrote extensively on the history of science.

A 1948 article in the Saturday Evening Post would ultimately shape the direction of Bernard Heuvelmans’ career. A respected biologist, Ivan T. Sanderson, presented evidence for the continued existence of dinosaurs. The subject was of great interest to Heuvelmans and he began to pursue evidence in scientific and literary sources. Within a short period of time he had amassed a large amount of research. The end result of gathering all of this data was a book entitled On the Track of Unknown Animals. Heuvelmans’ book, published in 1955, became the primary text for budding cryptozoologists and it is still in print today. More than one million copies have been sold, including an updated version in 1995.

The word “cryptozoology” is believed to have been coined by Heuvelmans in his private correspondence with other interested researchers after the publication of his book. It is beyond dispute that he was the first to take the subject matter seriously in a scientific sense, and that legacy is quite possibly his greatest accomplishment. He remained active in the field until his death in 2001, writing and serving as the inaugural president of the International Society of Cryptozoology from 1982 until the organization disbanded in 1998.

The importance of Bernard Heuvelmans to cryptozoology rests in his academic and scientific credentials. His research was grounded in the scientific method, and his background in zoology gave credibility to his findings. The scientific community respected Heuvelmans’ scholarship even if they might not always have agreed with his conclusions. It is important for modern cryptozoologists to appreciate Heuvelmans’ place in the history of this fascinating field.

For Cryptozoologists, the Truth is “Out There”

by Scotty Rushing

The word paranormal in the common vernacular typically conjures up associations of the unseen. Most people tend to regard paranormal activity as that which involves spirits, ghosts, entities and a host of other beings invisible to the human eye. As such, paranormal research is widely considered to be a very introverted endeavor. Researchers spend a lot of time looking within the psyche for answers.

The Cryptozoological branch of the paranormal tree is somewhat unique in that it focuses on a more extroverted approach to paranormal research. Those who have a fondness for Cryptozoology, or Crypto as it is often called, are excited by the possibility of visible observation of beings that are shrouded in mystery.

The kinesthetic appeal of Cryptozoology

Just as those who research a haunting are captivated by EVP’s and photographic evidence of the unseen, Crypto enthusiasts are enthralled by tangible evidence. A swatch of hair left behind on a branch, a footprint, evidence of a dwelling—these things are the Holy Grails of cryptozoology. As such, Crypto is a perfect avenue for those who have a more kinesthetic learning preference. Kinesthetics need to touch and feel, to be able to place their hands on physical evidence.

Some would say that those interested in other areas of the paranormal are more willing to accept things with a measure of faith that the Cryptozoologist does not possess, but this is an erroneous conclusion. Paranormal researchers as a whole are looking for hard evidence. All branches of paranormal investigation are willing to mix a healthy dose of skepticism and belief. It is faith in the existence of legendary creatures that drives the Crypto researcher forward in their quest. Without this belief, investigation is pointless.

All forms of paranormal investigation function at their most scientific when they are willing to place aside personal learning biases in favor of a balanced approach to research. That is the Catch-22 of all scientific endeavor. All science begins with an unproven theory which must then be validated by exploration and experimentation. In this regard, members of the paranormal community share a common bond.

Bridging the gap between worlds, Inner and Outer

Those with an interest in Crypto can learn from their peers in other paranormal fields, and they also have many things to teach. Within the paranormal research fields, it is best to function along the strands of the web which interconnect the various disciplines.

Cryptozoologists can benefit from learning to make the intuitive leaps made by other paranormal researchers. Although the creatures studied by Cryptozoologists inhabit the Outer World, a connection to the Inner World of spirit and parallel reality cannot be dismissed. It may very well be that beings which inhabit the unseen have a unique perspective to offer on Cryptozoology.

The appreciation of child-like wonder is something Cryptozoologists and other paranormal researchers have in common. In this sense they must forge ahead in a spirit of cooperation which encourages a healthy respect for the common goals all paranormal researchers share. In the end all paranormal research has the same ultimate goal—to demystify that which is unknown.

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