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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.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

LINDSAY SELBY: Thought for the day

Does cryptozoology have a point?

Some one asked me what the point of cryptozoology is. Well my first answer is: does it need to have a point? You could just as well ask does ghost hunting, trainspotting or Morris Dancing have a point? They are all the interests of some people, no matter how comical or strange other people find them (I admit I find Morris Dancing bizarre, and who was Morris?).

However that would be facetious of me and the serious answer is yes, it does have a point. It strives to find answers to questions, to identify new or once extinct species and researches what some mainstream scientists will not or are afraid to. New species and old species are being rediscovered all the time and I give some links below, plus a list of some that we all know about.

Just because something has only been seen or heard by a few people and that others have seen fair to put out hoax photos and stories, does not make it not worth investigating. The giant Squid or Kraken was a seafaring myth until filmed underwater by Japanese scientists.

People like to believe there is something more in the world than what we see every day and most would love to find that Nessie or Bigfoot really exists; so don’t knock the people who investigate these things. Be glad they do because even if there are no answers, the fun in finding that out, one way or another, is great science by anyone’s standards.

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