Abominable Science! (Book)
I love a good read about cryptozoology —the study of hidden animals. A new release on the subject Abominable Science! (D. Loxton & D. Prothero, Columbia University Press, 2013) takes a common-sensical view on the matter from a skeptical perspective. Authors Loxton, a writer and skeptic, and Prothero, an evolutionary biologist are skilled to tackle the task of bebunking our favorite cryptics, including:
- The Yeti
- Sea Serpents
- Congo Dinosaurs
The concluding chapter “Why do people believe in monsters?” dives deeper into the root causes, including deterioration of the layman understanding of technology and science.
The book is well bound, with glossy cover, 400+ glossy pages, with numerous illustrations. It is also heavy, weighing in at just over 2 lbs. This is a winner that I will file on the bookshelf nestled next to On the Track of Unknown Animals (Bernard Heuvelmans, 1955).