Cryptozoology poster session is April 9th
A collaboration is taking place this semester that may seem a bit out of the ordinary at first glance. Dakota State University students in Dr. Stacey Berry’s Monsters Literature class and Dr. Dale Droge’s Zoology course are working together on some legendary research; a Cryptozoology project that will result in Monster Day on Wednesday, April 9.
Cryptozoology is the study of animals that are rumored to exist and are referred to as a cryptid, like Big Foot and Loch Ness.
“Since my students are studying monsters in literature and Dale's students are studying zoology, we thought that looking into Cryptozoology -- a pseudoscience involving the search for animals that largely exist in myths and for which there is no evidence to prove their existence -- might provide an interesting connection,” stated Berry.
“Some, like the gorilla, giant squid and okapi, are no longer hearsay and legend, they are real creatures recognized by science,” continued Berry. “Others, like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, continue to tempt the hopeful and the imaginative with the possibility of their existence.”
The results of their research will be made into posters explaining the meaning of the monster, the geography it is located in, the purpose of the creature and the scientific and sociologic basis for the existence of the monster. The Monster Day poster session will be on Wednesday, April 9, from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. in DSU’s Mundt Library.
“It seemed a great real world exploration for students in both of our classes, and it provided them with an opportunity to collaborate on a project, which is another real world skill,” said Berry.