In his 2011 book Tracking the Chupacabra, Benjamin Radford says that "no serious researcher" would claim that Aristotle, writing in 350 BCE, had the chupacabra in mind when he described the creature known as the goatsucker (chupacabra is Spanish for goat sucker). While Radford is right that Aristotle's goatsucker is not the same as the Puerto Rican vampire monster, Radford's dismissal shut the door on a fascinating story of how a Greco-Roman legend about the imaginary vampire tendencies of a small bird joined with Native American legends about this same bird's supposedly demonic nature to inform the developing story of the chupacabra. Click to read my new article on "The Secret Prehistory of El Chupacabra."
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