American Monsters is a website with a far larger scope than the name suggests. Gathered there is a huge supply of useful information on cryptozoology, or, for those that don't know what that is, the "scientific" study of the unknown and mysterious creatures on this planet (such as Loch Ness, Big Foot, and creatures that we know for a fact actually exist--as in physical evidence like a dead body). The website features:
- Monsters page which divides creatures by type (such as avian, hairy, and hybrid). WHen you click a specific type it takes you to another page that lists reported incidents with creatures that fit into that category.
- A map that allows you to click icons representing certain monsters, which brings up on the world map several dots representing known sightings. This is actually pretty neat. You'd be amazed how widespread some creatures are as far as sightings are concerned.
- Sightings form that allows you to report your own sightings of the unknown.
- Vanguard and Pioneers pages, which provides detailed information about folks, new and old, who have either participated in the expansion of cryptozoological knowledge or perhaps had some sort of ancient connection to it (such as a Saint; yup, a Saint).
- A gallery of images, a media guide for finding out about programming of interest in your area, a skeptics page, a forum, a links page, and a store.
I'm particularly impressed by the organization of the website, though it could use with expanding their knowledge base. Still, considering it has a forum for discussion and potential for being a comprehensive site for all you need to know about Big Foot and his friends.
Give it a look.
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