Mysterious Creatures

A Guide to Cryptozoology

by George M. Eberhart


From Bigfoot and the badigui to the Central Asian wildman, Mysterious Creatures presents an extensive overview of every reported cryptid from around the world. Each entry traces the fascinating history of sightings and known habitats and includes details such as the significant encounters, present status, and possible identifications of these creatures.

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December 2002


Pages 722
Volumes 2
Size 7x10
Topics Science/General
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A comprehensive guide to cryptozoology—the quest to identify animals that have not been officially catalogued by science and to place these unknown animals into their proper zoological categories.

In this fascinating two-volume encyclopedia, author George M. Eberhart provides a comprehensive catalog of nearly 1,000 cryptids—unknown animals usually reported through eyewitness accounts and not yet described by science. Cryptids are the stuff of folklore, hoaxes, and genuine scientific breakthroughs. There are 400 now-classified cryptids once considered either extinct or pure fantasy. The cryptozoologist's job is to strip away the myth, misidentification, and mystery—and separate fact from fiction.

Mysterious Creatures covers everything from dinosaurs and the emala-ntouka, an elephant-killing dinosaur-like animal of central Africa, to searches for the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, and other cryptozoological hoaxes. Entries about specific animals include the derivation or meaning of each cryptid's name, its scientific name, variant names, a physical description, behavior, description of tracks, habitat, significant sightings, present status, and possible explanations. Illustrations and photographs accompany many entries. The book also includes resources and references for further information.


  • Over 1,000 A–Z entries ranging from a few paragraphs to several pages, each with bibliography
  • Over 60 photographs, illustrations, and drawings
  • A graphic depiction of the geologic time scale for the last 545 million years of Earth's history, including when different types of animals first appeared
  • An annotated list of over 400 animals discovered since l900


  • The first reference to use up to date, global geographic place names to identify where the animals live or lived
  • Suggested explanations for mystery animals, with comments on why or why not they are valid
Author Info

George M. Eberhart is senior editor of American Libraries and specializes in UFO and psychic phenomena.



"The author's achievement in collating and documenting these stories is both entertaining and impressive . . .This useful tool for folklore and popular culture research is highly recommended for public and academic libraries."Gale Reference Reviews

"[M]eticulously researched and scrupulously detailed compendium. Over 1,000 entries describe 'mysterious creatures' from around the world, listing physical characteristics, accounts of their behavior, and possible explanations for their sighting . . . An invaluable resource for scholars, and a fascinating reference for the general reader."C&RL News

"This work is a fascinating compilation of cryptoid species. The author has effectively narrowed his criteria to make it more scientific than mythological. The introductory sections . . . will help users learn more about cryptozoology and its importance. This work is highly recommended for both academic and public libraries."American Reference Books Annual

"[P]rovides readers with a much needed, authoritative reference work for cryptozoology, the study of animals such as Bigfoot and Loch Ness monster (Nessie) that are not scientifically recognized . . . Highly recommended. Academic and public library reference collections."American Reference Books Annual

'[S]cientific and comprehensive . . . will be an asset to public, school, and academic libraries where patrons are interested in cryptozoology. It is useful as a biological guide, a folklore reference, and a study of paranormal creatures."Booklist

"Eberhart's comprehensive and informative treatment of cryptids makes Mysterious Creatures an invaluable reference. It is of great use and enjoyment to anybody interested in cryptozoology."Cryptozoology Review

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