23 December, 2013

Abominable science! : origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and other famous cryptids / Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero.(Clare Kitt, Massey Library)


Have you ever wondered where the stories of the Yeti, Sasquatch or the Abominable Snowman came from? Many of us are fascinated by the possibility of an ancient hominid or supposedly extinct species, existing somewhere in a remote location, seen by only a few, but still out there somewhere.
One of the authors tells us how his fascination with the subject was sparked by his discovery of a giant footprint, when he was in the American wilderness. He later discovered that he had been hoaxed by friends, but it started him wondering.  
The writers take us through the mythology and the history of the stories of the different creatures from all over the world. They outline their own opinions on why people continue to tell these stories and what it is that fascinates us so much about them.
This is an entertaining, not too stodgy scientific read, just right for the holidays, a shady chair and a long cool glass of something.
Prothero is a leading palaeontologist and Daniel Loxton writes for the Sceptic magazine, so they approach the subject slightly differently, but with the obvious intention of proving whether such creatures can or do exist. Their conclusions are offered to the reader, and they certainly give each story a thorough examination.

Title: Abominable Science! : origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and other famous cryptids

Authors: Daniel Loxton and Donald Protheroe

Publisher: Columbia University Press, 2013

ISBN: 9780231153201 (hardback)

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