Is the tag a pejorative tag, along the lines of the burninated conspiracy theories?

Does "cryptozoology" basically say "the people studying this are cranks who should be ignored"?

Background: I came across How likely is it that the Ivory Billed Woodpecker is not extinct? today, and wondered about its tagging as . The woodpecker is like the Tasmanian tiger, a species known to have existed but whose current existance is disputed, but the question about the latter species is tagged .

  • Wikipedia lists it as a pseudoscience, so I would tend to agree that we should replace it with zoology. Though I'd like to wait for some more opinions on that before merging it. – Mad Scientist May 22 '11 at 8:44
  • Since the Skeptics is in its infancy and number of questions are less, I feel the number of tags should not be too large. So at this stage it is safe to rename it as zoology.. – AIB May 22 '11 at 15:17
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    Those comments should be answers. @AIB @Fabian – Borror0 May 22 '11 at 16:40

I think it's fine if applied correctly: it means looking for new "hidden" or controversial species and the term is used non-pejoratively in these cases (e.g. by Boing Boing). Some of these species have been found, so I would say it's a legitimate field of work.

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    I agree: Ivory Billed Woodpecker = Tasmanian Tiger = zoology. Loch Ness Monster/Big Foot = Cryptozoology. Out of interest, what such species have been found? – Oddthinking May 23 '11 at 14:35
  • @odd First animal that comes to mind is the Coelacanth: "The coelacanths [...] were believed to have been extinct since the end of the Cretaceous period [...] the first Latimeria specimen was found off the east coast of South Africa, off the Chalumna River (now Tyalomnqa) in 1938" – Sklivvz May 23 '11 at 14:52
  • oh if you mean "thought to be extinct, found alive", I understand. Its discovery was an exciting event, but not as startling as discovering a "thought to be a myth, found alive" sasquatch or dragon. I would use the zoology tag for the former and the cryptozoology tag for the latter. – Oddthinking May 24 '11 at 0:06
  • On a technical point, would cryptozoology encompass cryptomycota? – user2466 May 26 '11 at 4:52
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    @Oddthinking: Check out skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/3639/… – erekalper May 31 '11 at 14:26

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