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The study of creatures, such as the Loch Ness monster, whose existence has not been substantiated.

cryp′to·zo′o·log′i·cal (-zō′ə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
cryp′to·zo·ol′o·gist n.


(ˌkrɪptəʊzəʊˈɒlədʒɪ; -zuː-)
(Zoology) the study of creatures, such as the Loch Ness monster, whose existence has not been scientifically proved


(ˌkrɪp toʊ zoʊˈɒl ə dʒi)

the investigation of creatures whose existence is not proved, as the yeti and the Loch Ness monster.
cryp`to•zo•ol′o•gist, n.
cryp`to•zo`o•log′i•cal (-əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl) adj.
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As a practitioner of an ancient faith that is often dismissed as superstitious and hopelessly outdated, I feel an affinity for the characters who populate Mahnke's tales, the cryptozoologists ("monster hunters" out to prove the existence of creatures like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster), the ghost hunters, the paranormal researchers.
Ideal mostly for cryptozoologists, but definitely a good pick for the casually interested or curious.
TONIGHT Bigfoot Files Channel 4, 8pm Yeti, Bigfoot, Abominable Snowman, Sasquatch and Almasty are just some of the names for mysterious creatures across the globe that have fascinated cryptozoologists and confounded scientists for decades.
The report did, however, document sufficient unexplained observations to whet the appetite of big cat proponents and cryptozoologists alike
I'm challenging and inviting the cryptozoologists to come up with the evidence instead of complaining that science is rejecting what they have to say," said geneticist Bryan Sykes of the University of Oxford.
3 BIG CAT SIGHTINGS NORTH Wales has long captured the attention of cryptozoologists with a number of big cat sightings in recent years.
While biologists believe that scores of undiscovered species (mostly invertebrates) exist and are awaiting discovery, cryptozoologists are not concerned with researching and cataloguing them (Dash, 2000).
His local guides fled, fearing that it was an olitiau, a giant bat-like creature said to inhabit the region: cryptozoologists suggest that it was a kongamato, a surviving pterosaur.
The Holy Grail for cryptozoologists in Massachusetts is discovery of a mountain lion.
Cryptozoologists, as they call themselves, knew of a legendary big cat that haunted the Sierra Madre Occidental.
NEXT weekend some of the world's leading cryptozoologists - or monster-hunters - will gather at Woolfardisworthy in North Devon.
There are limits to the ethnographic exercise, and I must confine myself to personal experience narratives much as cryptozoologists and old hag researchers must.