Cryptozoology is literally the study of “hidden animals.” It is derived from the Greek κρυπτός, or kryptos, meaning ”hidden” + zoology. This course is dedicated to the search for animals whose existence has not been proven, and the living examples of animals that are considered extinct. Some examples; animals that are extinct such as the dinosaurs; animals whose existence lacks physical evidence but which appear in myths and legends, like megafauna, the Loch Ness Monster, The Deep Ones, the Elder Things, and the Chupacabra; animals that are considered superstition, hoaxes, delusions or misidentifications such as giant squids, and the Hoan Kiem Turtle; and cryptids such as Bigfoot, the giant mountain gorilla, Orang Pendek, and the Yeti. This also includes the search for wild animals dramatically outside their normal geographic ranges, such as phantom cats or Alien Big Cats. It works hand in hand with the both the Anthropology and the Zoology departments here at the University.
Despite the fact that Cryptozoology is not recognized as a branch of zoology or a discipline of the sciences we here at Miskatonic University embrace it. It is an example of pseudoscience as it relies heavily upon anecdotal evidence, stories, as well as alleged sightings. It is the core desire of investigation, research, and the drive for new discoveries that makes it a course we had to offer.
Miskatonic University has produced some of the greatest Cryptozoologists that have ever applied for membership to the International Society of Cryptozoology.