At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.

Saturday, 16 May 2020

FOSSILS - YE EDITOR SPEAKS

A common skeptical argument put forward is that such and such a cryptid could not exist because either

                        (a) it is absent from the fossil record or
                        (b) the fossil record shows it became extinct 2 
                             zillion years ago.

Neither of these arguments is conclusive.  It is extremely difficult for an animal to become fossilized and this means that the proportion of animals that have done so is sparse when compared with the number of animals that have  trodden on this planet.  Thus animals completely unrepresented in the fossil record may once have frolicked about and animals that have not been found in the fossil record for millions of years may well have continued to exist until the present day.

Whether cryptids exist or not, the fossil record cannot be adduced in favor of their non-existence.

So there!

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