Book Description: Many people believe in demonstrably false phenomena. Even though these fictions have been debunked and discredited, they persist in the human imagination, our beliefs, and our society. Spinning tales of fantastical creatures may seem harmless, but when pseudoscientists make "revolutionary" claims about the world and its history, evidence-based science, public policy, and human progress suffer.Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero have written an entertaining, educational, and definitive text on cryptids, presenting the arguments both for and against their existence and systematically challenging the pseudoscience perpetuating their myths. After examining the nature and practitioners of pseudoscientific thought, Loxton and Prothero take on Bigfoot; the Yeti, or the Abominable Snowman, and its crosscultural incarnations; the Loch Ness monster and its highly publicized sightings; the evolution of the Sea Serpent legend; and Mokele Mbembe, or the Congo dinosaur. They conclude with the psychology behind persistent paranormal and extraordinary belief, identifying cryptozoology's major players, the character of its subculture, and its pernicious perversion of critical thinking.