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Cryptids are those animals and plants studied under the field of cryptozoology. Their presumptive existence has often been derived from anecdotal or other evidence, considered insufficient by mainstream science. Cryptozoology refers to the search for animals which are considered to be legendary or otherwise nonexistent. This includes looking for living examples of animals that are considered extinct, such as dinosaurs; animals whose existence lacks physical support but which appear in myths, legends, or are reported, such as Bigfoot and Chupacabra and wild animals dramatically outside of their normal geographic ranges, such as phantom cats or "ABCs" (an initialism commonly used by cryptozoologists that stands for Alien Big Cats). Those involved in cryptozoological study are known as cryptozoologists. The animals they study are often referred to as cryptids, a term coined by John Wall in 1983.
Cryptozoology is not a recognized branch of the science of zoology. Its status as a science has been questioned since it relies heavily upon anecdotal evidence, stories and alleged sightings, and has been referred to as a pseudoscience.
Unconfirmed, from Indonesia
Unconfirmed, from Japan and Thailand
Unconfirmed, from Scotland
Unconfirmed, from North Carolina, USA. In 2008, the History Channel television series Monster Quest performed an analysis concerning the attacks, concluded that the attacker might have been a cougar.
Unconfirmed, Wisconsin, USA
Discredited, Indiana, USA
Unconfirmed, Mexico/Puerto Rico
Unconfirmed, from Western Africa
Unconfirmed, from Ireland
Unconfirmed, from Massachusetts, USA
Unconfirmed, from the Republic of Congo
Extinct, from Chad in Africa
Unconfirmed, West Virginia, USA
Unconfirmed, from Australia and New Zealand
Unconfirmed, from Richtersveld, South Africa
Discredited, from Wetlands throughout Canada, Europe, and USA
Unconfirmed, New Jersey, USA
Unconfirmed, from Delhi, India
Discredited, from Scotland and Ireland
Unconfirmed, from Louisiana, USA
Unconfirmed, from Dem Rep of the Congo
Unconfirmed, from worldâ€™s oceans
Unconfirmed, South America
Sightings of a large grey creature with red glowing eyes & a "large flying man with ten-foot wings" were reported in the area surrounding Point Pleasant, West Virginia between November 1966 and December 1967.
Discredited, from Malaysia
Discredited, from Wisconsin, USA
Unconfirmed, from Central Africa
Unconfirmed, from the Republic of the Congo
Unconfirmed, from Atlantic and Pacific Ocean
Unconfirmed, from Cameroon
Unconfirmed, from New Zealand
Unconfirmed, from North America
Unconfirmed, from England
Unconfirmed, Farnham, England
Unconfirmed, from Vancouver Island, Canada
Also known as the Devil Bird. Emits human-like cries which in Sri Lankan folklore are believed to be a portent of death. It is thought that the true identity of the Ulama is most likely th spot-bellied eagle-owl
Unconfirmed, from Zululand, South Africa
Hoax, from the Scottish Highlands
Also Abominable Snowman. A very large ape-like creature which supposedly inhabits parts of the Himalayas, Mongolia and Siberia. A "Yeti scalp" is on display in the Khumjung monastery in Nepal.
A tall, shaggy creature with disproportionately long arms and backwards facing feet which is said to inhabit the Australian Outback.
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