Jomo Mojo used the word in another thread, and wondered whether it was real. I googled it, and found three instances. I think that makes it free for colonization.
Zoology is the study of animals, anthropology’s the study of humans. Cryptozoology is the study of hidden or unknown animals. This includes things like Thylacines, which are (probably) extinct, and things like Sasquatch, which get reported alot but don’t ever seem to show up for dissection. I propose that we come up with a list of hidden or unknown people or groups for the budding cryptoanthropologist to examine.
Some of the classic examples:
Doctors who make house calls
These cryptids aren’t just in the realm of myth and legend, either. They’re (supposedly) around us in our everyday life, too:
The employee with the key to the fitting room when I want to try something on;
The cable guy during the hours he’s supposed to show up;
A cop when you need one.
There’s enough spam in my e-mail accounts to make me think that somebody must be buying all that crap, but I’ve never met anyone who admits it.
What other wily and elusive specimens are out there?