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The Search for Enigmatic Animals:
A Guide to Cryptozoological Investigation Techniques

Chad Arment

This is based on a booklet I put together 10+ years ago. I've made a few changes, but the essentials remain. The most obvious change is that I am not including brief contributions by eight cryptozoologists from across the country.

I am always interested in hearing about new techniques that are applied to cryptozoology, and about new cryptid reports in general.


Investigation Basics

Bibliographic Investigation

Historical Investigation


The Report Form

Interviewing and Evaluating Witnesses

Newspapers and Fliers

FOIA Requests

Field Investigation and Hunting

Hoaxes and Misidentifications

Analysis and the Scientific Method

Writing up your report

The Reference Library

Crypto-research: an example


Email: Chad Arment

Scientific Methodology of Cryptozoology

Snake Stories

Bigfoot Stories