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The Problematic Process of Cryptozoologification

Daniel Loxton considers how fuzzy folkloric phenomena come to be crystallized as "cryptids."

Pilgrimage to Bigfoot Country

Donald Prothero pays a visit to Bigfoot’s traditional American stomping grounds in California’s Klamath Mountains.

Seeing Mermaids

Daniel Loxton considers the fact that eyewitness sightings of mermaids have been reported for millennia.

A Look Back at Discovery’s Mermaids Hoaxes

Daniel Loxton considers two notorious documentary-style television hoaxes in this excerpt from Junior Skeptic 48 (originally published in 2013 inside Skeptic magazine).

I Get Mail: Cryptids, Smoke, and Fire

Daniel Loxton answers an email from a reader regarding a common paranormal argument.

Loch Ness Silliness

Donald Prothero expresses exasperation at press linking Nessie to a small armored fish which vanished into extinction 160 million years before dinosaurs evolved.

Fake Pterosaurs and Sock Puppets

Donald Prothero considers the marginal story of the "ropen"—an allegedly pterosaur-like cryptid—and the man who has led a one-man crusade to promote it using an army of sock-puppets.

eSkeptic for 14-04-30

In this week’s eSkeptic, Harriet Hall, M.D., The SkepDoc, reviews Abominable Science! Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids by Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero (Columbia University Press, 2013. ISBN: 978-0231153201). This review appeared in Skeptic magazine issue 18.4 (2013)

eSkeptic for 13-07-24

When the story came out that Bigfoot DNA had been found, everyone was talking about it—and some of us were skeptical. In this week’s eSkeptic, Donald R. Prothero reports on what happened when an independent lab checked the samples. This post first appeared on

Skull Island, Canada

According to legend, an awesome, primeval monster — a huge serpent with flippers, a mane, and a head something like that of a camel or horse — slides undetected through the frigid waters off British Columbia and Washington State. Could a living dinosaur, a monster out of time, lurk here beneath the waves?


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Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future (paperback cover)

Who believes them? Why? How can you tell if they’re true?

What is a conspiracy theory, why do people believe in them, and why do they tend to proliferate? Why does belief in one conspiracy correlate to belief in others? What are the triggers of belief, and how does group identity factor into it? How can one tell the difference between a true conspiracy and a false one?

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Do you know someone who has had a mind altering experience? If so, you know how compelling they can be. They are one of the foundations of widespread belief in the paranormal. But as skeptics are well aware, accepting them as reality can be dangerous…

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Top 10 Myths About Evolution

Top 10 Myths About Evolution (and how we know it really happened)

If humans came from apes, why aren’t apes evolving into humans? Find out in this pamphlet!

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Top 10 Things You Should Know About Alternative Medicine

Topics include: chiropractic, the placebo effect, homeopathy, acupuncture, and the questionable benefits of organic food, detoxification, and ‘natural’ remedies.

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Psychic readings and fortunetelling are an ancient art — a combination of acting and psychological manipulation.

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