Loxton and Prothero have written what may well be the most important work to date on cryptozoology, taking its rightful place in the annals of skeptical literature in particular and scientific literature in general. Abominable Science! is the defining work on cryptozoology of our generation.
(from the foreword by Michael Shermer, author of The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies
Here, at last, is a scholarly, fully referenced work that presents a thoroughly reasonable, well-argued, skeptical perspective on some of the most iconic 'cryptids,' and it is fun to read and well illustrated to boot. Combining excellent and thorough research, ample references to the cryptozoological literature, and, most important, an appropriately level-headed, critical approach, Abominable Science! offers a novel, refreshing exploration of the world of cryptozoology.
(Darren Naish, National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton)
Nearly everyone -- scientist and layman alike -- would love the Loch Ness monster and other 'cryptids' to be real. Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero, in their riveting exploration of cryptozoology, readily admit that some species (such as the living coelacanth and even the mountain gorilla) remained hidden to human experience until relatively recently. Yet they insist on hard evidence, thus running counter to the preferences of those who prefer to believe. Abominable Science! is a well-told, engaging story of skepticism. Loxton and Prothero present a lucid and compelling case to counter the false claims of cryptozoology.
(Niles Eldredge, American Museum of Natural History, author of Darwin: Discovering the Tree of Life
[ Abominable Science!] is as valuable for its analysis of the hunted as it is for the light it shines on the still-hopeful hunters.
Highly recommended for readers looking for scientific but accessible evaluations of the existence of five notable cryptids that have captured our imaginations. Likely to be popular.
(Library Journal (starred review)
Groundbreaking.... A must-have. There is nothing else like it.Doubtful News
(Sharon Hill Doubtful News
[Loxton and Prothero] offer us a sharp analysis of the quest for unreal critters -- cryptids, as they are called -- and the people who pursue them, shining an arc light onto the hoaxes and faked photos, the made-up films, faux corpses, delusions, lies and plain bad science that plague the field.... [An] entertaining and thoroughly documented book.Wall Street Journal
(Margaret Wertheim Wall Street Journal
The authors, eminent and intrepid sceptics, seek evidence of fabulous big beasts and find nothing but fakes, folklore, pseudo-science and anecdote.
(Iain Finlayson The Times (London)
[ Abominable Science!] is a never less than rigorous examination of the evidence, and a cultural history of cryptozoology.
(Daniel Cressey Nature
A good hard look at cryptozoology.... Loxton and Prothero lay bare the psychological roots of why such mythical creatures exist in our own minds.
Skipping cryptozoology's usual sensationalism, [ Abominable Science!] separates history and folklore from hoaxes and fakelore.
(Elisa Neckar Discover
[ Abominable Science!] successfully reveals the influence of popular culture on what we think we see.
(Henry Gee BBC Focus
They offer us a sharp analysis of the quest for unreal critters -- cryptids, as they are called -- and the people who pursue them, shining an arc light onto the hoaxes and faked photos, the made-up films, faux corpses, delusions, lies and plain bad science that plague the field.
(Margaret Wertheim Barron's
[ Abominable Science!] goes back to the foundations of the Bigfoot legend and picks off the fur piece by piece.
(Christopher Farnsworth New York Post
(Kyle Hill But Not Simpler blog, Scientific American
An exhaustively-researched, color-illustrated volume that details the cultural forces (and often individual people) responsible for shaping these beasts in the public's imagination.
(Justin Hickey Open Letters Monthly
Any science and nature collection should consider this a lively and loving acquisition.
(The Midwest Book Review