An Introduction to Cryptozoology!

Macquarie Community College 2012

Lets Look At Cryptozoology!
Course No: 21HM068
Ever wondered what that was that went bump in the night? Seen something out of the corner of your eye and no one believes you? Don’t worry - you are not alone. Cryptozoology is the study of animals whose existence has not been proven scientifically yet! Cryptozoology covers the serious science of identifying new species such as the Coelacanth to chasing the Yowie in the Australian outback. In this course we will be shining a torch on some of the creatures that live on the fringes of science as well as introducing you to some of the characters that hunt them and the methods they use.
Course Outline
1. The scientific method and Cryptozoology: Case study of the Coelacanth. 2. Hairy Hominids: Bigfoot, Yetis and other long distance cousins in need of a shave.
3. The one that got away: Lake monsters. 4. You aren’t from around here: displaced populations of big cats and other lost travellers. 5. The recent arrivals: Chubacabra, Mothman, the Hellbeast of New York and more. 6. The unknown Australians: The Outback Dragon, Australian panthers and lions, Thylacines and
Planned Learning Outcomes By the end of this course, students should be able to:
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Describe the history of cryptozology and recent developments. Be able to use the scientific method to critical examine evidence proposed for cryptids existence. Identify the main cryptids and the evidence proposed for their existence. Be able to discuss some of the key cryptids of the Australia.
About the Tutor
Daniel White has a BSc from James Cook University where he majored in animal behaviour. Further, he obtained a PhD for field research on the social behaviour of monkeys in the People’s Republic of China. He completed post-doctoral training at the Mannheimer Foundation in the USA working on personality types and chronic diseases in Rhesus macaques. At present he is on sabbatical writing up research papers and completing a Graduate Diploma in Psychology.
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