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is a cryptozoological
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book by Willy Ley
Willy Ley was a German-American science writer and space advocate who helped popularize rocketry and spaceflight in both Germany and the United States. The crater Ley on the far side of the Moon is named in his honor.-Life:...
, a science writer and space advocate.
Ley had written a number of books containing scientific oddities; Exotic Zoology
collects the cryptozoological matter from those books. Throughout the book he shows examples of organisms that were rumored to exist, or were thought to be impossible, that were shown to be real; and others that were accepted as fact, that were discovered to have never existed: "He speculates about dragons and sea serpents, wingless birds and Abominable Snowmen." The book, in its description of (fictional) peoples and creatures, has been compared to John Mandeville
"Jehan de Mandeville", translated as "Sir John Mandeville", is the name claimed by the compiler of The Travels of Sir John Mandeville, a book account of his supposed travels, written in Anglo-Norman French, and first circulated between 1357 and 1371.By aid of translations into many other languages...
. Some of the claims have been criticized or ridiculed, for instance the statement that giant squid
The giant squid is a deep-ocean dwelling squid in the family Architeuthidae, represented by as many as eight species...
s had left scars on whales of two feet in diameter.
- A Bibliography of the Works of Willy Ley by Jean M. Perreault, University of Alabama in Huntsville
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