Most of us have probably heard of stories like that of the bigfoot and sea monsters. And while their existence are still much debated in the scientific community, some of us do believe that they live out there just waiting to be found. Are these creatures for real or did they just spring out from the playful minds of some individuals who want to make stories of these mysterious entities? In this article, we are going to know more about what is cryptozoology. This article is created to better understand the definition of the term and why it’s still not recognized as a field of science.
Knowing The Definition:
To begin with the discussion, let us try to define what cryptozoology is. By definition, cryptozoology is the study of creatures by which their existence has not yet substantiated. The term is derived from the Geek words “Kryptos” which means hidden, “zoon” for animal, and “logos” which means knowledge. So basically, it is the study and the classification of hidden animals which are commonly found in myths and are those yet to be discovered. Some popular examples of these animals are the bigfoot, the Lochness monster, the chupacabra (goat-sucker), and the yeti. The goal of this discipline is to find physical evidence of these creatures so that they existence will be eventually established.
Cryptozoology does not only cover the creatures from popular myths and legends, but it also includes some animals that are thought to be extinct and yet reported to be seen even today. Most scientist do not consider this as a formal field of scientific study, but it’s often more treated as a Pseudoscience – a discipline claiming to be scientific, but to does not follow the scientific process of validating certain things or events. The animals belonging under this classification are usually called “Cryptids”.
Why Cryptozoology Is Highly Criticized By The Scientific Community:
Here are some of the reasons why cryptozoology is still remained unacceptable to be a formal scientific discipline:
1. Relies more on anecdotal evidence – some of the creatures classified under this field are based only on eyewitness accounts and hearsays from some people who have allegedly reported to have seen these unusual animals. According to most scientists, legendary creatures like that of the Cyclops, unicorn, and mermaids may have been based on actual animals. But the people who have seen it might have misinterpreted what they saw as they lack the scientific knowledge to specifically describe the being that they have sighted. They may have seen some unusual characteristics in order for them to define the creature to others; they have likened these features to those found in common animals. As a result, myths and legends are born popularizing the existence of these extraordinary creatures.
2. Lack of tangible proof – although there were a lot of strange sightings of different unusual creatures, the lack of physical evidence are not enough to confirm their reality. There may have been some cases where bone samples (chupacabra), footprints (bigfoot), and even carcasses (sea serpent) were found, but careful scientific analysis still concluded that all these samples belonged to common animals like wild dogs, bears, and a decaying basking shark.
3. Hoaxes – some individuals are so desperate to prove the reality of a specific cryptid that they would resort into making hoaxes just to validate their claim. Such examples of these are the taxidermal hoax called the ‘Fiji mermaid’ in which the alleged mummified mermaid was no more than a combination of a young monkey having a tail of a fish; and the ever famous Petterson-Gimlin film showing a bigfoot walking towards the forest, but was later discovered to be man wearing a gorilla suit.
Cryptozoology will remain a field of pseudoscience until most of these creatures will be scientifically proven. Do you believe in the existence of these cryptids? Or do you treat them only as a figment of your imagination? Maybe one day we will all find out about them.