Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009


Yesterday Richard Muirhead asked a rhetorical question. "What HAPPENS to all these preserved Fortean specimens?!" he asked angrily.

Well they don't all disappear forever. Some regional museums, for example, still have remarkable collections of exhibits of fortean interest. However many of these collections are just not in tune with current tastes, so they are kept off show, like these gloriously bizarre albino birds from Kendal Museum...


fleury said...

there is an albino bird at the Collection in Lincoln, there's a sign under it saying they have 20 or so (i think) birds and animals which are albino or have other odd colour variations, but the one albino is the only one on display at the moment, as they are only a small (but v good) museum.
they also have an ace fossilised sea-thing (the one that begins with p which i cannot spell, heh)

shiva said...

There's a similar case of albino (and otherwise abberantly coloured) birds at the Rotschild Zoological Museum in Tring (which is now owned by the Natural History Museum).