Saturday, February 27, 2010

Top Ten Internationally Recognized Cryptids

According to Wikipedia, a cryptid is a "creature whose existence has been suggested but that is unrecognized by a scientific consensus." With that said, here is my list of favorite, internationally recognized cryptids.

1. Mongolian death worm
2. Trunko
3. unicorn
4. Jersey Devil
5. Mothman
6. Chupacabra
7. Black Shuck
8. Tsuchinoko
9. Bigfoot
10. Mokele-Mbembe

Some people may be crying foul because Nessie isn't on my list, but I don't believe it is possible for a dinosaur, or more importantly a community of dinosaurs, to exist in a single loch under the current environmental conditions largely because the concentration of oxygen in the air limits the the development of megafauna of that size.

Mokele-Mbembe makes the list because there is not enough evidence to indicate that it is a dinosaur, and it could be some sort of large monitor lizard or an unknown species of elephant or rhinoceros.

Mothman and the Jersey Devil make the list because they fall under a similar category of cryptids and strange phenomena, along with the chupacabra, that they may be examples of an unknown animal species.

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