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  1. chadgatlin
    chadgatlin October 31, 2014 at 6:11 pm |

    Loren, you are definitely at the top of any “elder statesmen of cryptozoology” list.

    Trying to think of others is hard, because most in the field have one area of strong focus. For example – Meldrum is definitely now an “elder statesman” in the study of bigfoot, but not so much cryptozoology on the whole. Because cryptozoology is so diverse there are a lot of great researchers who specialize in certain areas. It’s sort of like asking “Who is the most respected scientist?” Steven Hawking would come to mind, but nobody would care what he had to say about the dietary habits of bears or the soil composition of red clay, because this is not his area of study. I will try however to name a couple of researchers that deserve

    Adam Davies definitely comes to mind. His field work and dedication is certainly impressive.

    I suppose you could also sugggest Nick Redfern. His is a multiple times published author and comments on a variety of phenomena, but some would consider even his research of cryptids to fall more into the “paranormal” category.

    Should we consider the TV faces? Maybe. Josh Gates isn’t a cryptozoologist per se, but he has investigated the gamut of cryptids and has helped to introduce cryptozoological cases to new and larger audiences.

    The man who inspired the article, Ken Gerhard, should also be considered. He has been an active and respected researcher for quite a while and his work is really good.

    That’s all I’ve got for noe. I’ll give it some more thought.

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