Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 10th, 2008
Horses and cryptozoology? Who would ever think there might be any kind of overlap between those two? An exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History could have informed folks of one of the linkages, but did it?
When I spoke at the American Museum of Natural History last year, giving a talk on the “Introduction of Cryptozoology,” during the “Mythic Beasts” exhibition, I was approached by a volunteer who was assisting with the then-forthcoming “Horses” program. I was asked if I’d be able to help with gathering more data on Ivan T. Sanderson’s statements about the survival of horses in the Americas. Of course, I said “Yes,” but the AMNH never followed through on their contact and research.
What the AMNH museum individual was pinpointing was the theory that Sanderson had considered regarding the possibility that horses never became extinct in the “New World.”
Ivan T. Sanderson, once wrote: “There is a body of evidence both from the mainland of Central America and even from rock drawings in Haiti itself tending to show that the horse may have been known to man in the Americas before the coming of the Spaniards.” Science, 93, 507 (May 30, 194; p. 91).
As far as I have been able to determine, the AMNH’s exhibition “Horses” does not consider this notion in its exhibition. Maybe I’m wrong, as I have only been able to view the program online. Have you seen the exhibition and read if the Sanderson material is in the mix?
The AMNH exhibition looks like a good program, now in New York City, from May 17, 2008, through January 4, 2009, so if you visit it and find anything cryptozoological in it, let us know.