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Cryptozoology refers to the study or science of living things that are hidden or secret.

Usually, this just means any living thing that some people claim to be real yet many disbelieve. Some famous examples are Bigfoot, Yeti, Aliens, and Nessie (Loch Ness Monster). It also extends to the creatures that come from ancient legends such as Dragons, Satyrs, Centaurs, Phoenixes, Elves, Leprechauns, Dwarves, and the like.
Most of the time, this does not include creatures only found in recent publications (poems and books since the Renaissance) such as Jabberwocky (Lewis Carrol), Urgals (Christopher Paolini), and Orcs (J.R.R. Tolkein). These creatures are more commonly referred to as "fictional," and do not quite fall under the description of "hidden or secret."

These studies, although they attempt to fit in with modern science, are generally not scientific in nature, as the observation of such "Cryptids," if even possible, would generate disbelief and cause many to discredit the study. The scientific method requires observation of the subject, and since Cryptozoology does not include this in its reports (even if the observations are made and recorded in the nonpublicated material), it is considered among the authorities of the science world to be a pseudo-science, or false science, if they consider it a science at all! More often it is the case that cryptozoology is spurned from the scientific community altogether and labeled "speculative fiction."

Cryptozoology has inspired many novels and other forms of lexicographical art, most actually being speculative fiction and not at all helping cryptozoology to gain credit as a legitimate science. One such piece is a television show published by Cartoon Network beginning in 2008 called the Secret Saturdays, in which a boy, his mother, and his father work to protect cryptids from harm at the hands of a number of antagonistic characters. As can be expected from the station the show aired on, this is more about the action than anything else and uses cryptozoology only as a format for the action.

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Jimmyjo12 Cat pple (page: 1 2) 25 Aug 12 2015, 9:57 PM EDT by _Erika_Lancastor_
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Has anyone ever heard of a creature that is human like but has a cat facial and hair like a cat?.... I have heard stories of such things prowling the swamps....
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MalkavianBat Strange Dreams (page: 1 2 3) 45 Jan 4 2014, 4:54 PM EST by MalkavianBat
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[Didn't know where to post it.] I had two weird dreams, both in the same place, but different circumstances leading to me getting there. The first dream happened a week before the second dream. My first dream started with me at my rich aunts house. I was sitting in the living-room, when my cousin and I heard two dogs fighting. We jumped up and ran to the den. We looked out the bay window and saw two monstrous wolf-like dogs fighting. One all black, the other colored like a German Shepard. The two wolf-like dogs (more like the size of a small lion), ran to the other side of the house, on the left. We ran and looked out into the woods and saw them fighting. I went outside to stop the dog fight. Somehow I did. However, when I cam back inside my cousin said (yes I remember many details, that's why I'm curious about the dreams, alongside them being almost the same and ending the same way) "What did you do?!" Right as she said it, the bay window exploded behind me and the black wolf-like dog thing came after us. She ran one way and I jumped out the broken window. The wolf-dog chased after e, instead of her. Chasing me across the street and to an odd wooded area. I ran into the woods and came to a clearing. I stopped running when I almost fell off the weird rift in the clearing. Looking across the rift, it looked exactly the same as the side I was on. Like a mirror image, but without me seeing myself or the wolf-dog thing. It jumped on me from behind, I rolled over and it had spider-fangs and looked like it was decaying. I somehow kicked it off and ran, but it caught me again, this time by biting me with it's spider fangs, that came out of it's wolf-like mouth. Everything went black, then I was in a construction site. A ram with three eyes was on a metal beam being lifted into the air, in front of me.
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Anonymous Vampies 2 Apr 28 2013, 10:41 AM EDT by Anonymous
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Are they real or is it a old wives tale?
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