From Cryptid to Taxon

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Is there an official list of species recognized to exist? If so, please provide a full citation. Also, what makes this list "official?" Who appointed, elected or designated the list-makers as arbiters? Are they self-appointed? If so, can they be credible?

If there is no list, what confers recognition of a species? Please note, throwing out the word "consensus" is an inadequate explanation unless there is an established and recognized mechanism to assess degree of "consensus." Then too, there must also be a procedure to assess qualifications of those accepted to provide input on consensus. Consider that at a time when consensus among Norwegian fishermen, for example, would have told us the Giant Squid exists, consensus among those with a Doctorate in Biological Sciences would have told us Architeuthis was more fantasy than fact. A similar tale can be told for many species once considered cryptids including the Platypus, Devil Bird, Ziphius, Bondegezou, and others.

Since the Indonesian Bondegezou ("Man of the Forests”) is now "known" to exist, can the Indonesian Homo Floresiensis ("Flores Man") be far behind? How will we know when that recognition has occurred if there is no official list? Should recognition be delayed in case, like Bondegezou, it turns out Homo F. is also very real, but not hominid after all? Into that confusion we have this linked bipedal, very likely hominid, race in Amazonian seclusion recently discovered but still largely nameless. Are they Homo Sapien? They're not tellin'. Does this indicate other bipedal creatures might be equally elusive and we should not take elusiveness as evidence they do not exist. "Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence." Rare footage of never-before-seen Amazon tribe filmed by drone - ABC News (go.com) Brazilian authorities are working to provide this isolate some measure of recognition, should the possibility Gigantopithicus Blacki continues to live on be given shorter shrift?
 
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We used physical characteristics to classify lifeforms for hundreds of years. About 20 years ago, we completely changed all that. We now use DNA for lifeform classification.

And it turns out that there is much more than we realized. Much more. Just search "tree of life" and take a few weeks to read about it.
 

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