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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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

ANDREW GABLE: Canine Hoofprints

Hey Jon,

Wanted to send you some pictures I took this morning... now, allow me to preface this by saying that these are undoubtedly dog tracks (either from our dog or our neighbours' dogs) planted in snow that had melted for a few days. We've heard from CFZ research tonnes of things on how melting tracks in the snow can resemble something they're not. When I saw these I was struck by how hoof-like some of them appeared, although as I said, they are indeed, dog tracks. Not saying that all of the supposed "devil's footprints" discoveries are of melted dog prints or anything, but just interesting from a general sort of P.O.V.


1 comment:

Dale Drinnon said...

Too bad the snow is melted off in our yard now. We had some dog tracks that had melted to veritable lion size by the time it was melting off. I briefly had the thought "I do not want to get anywhere near whatever it was that made those tracks". Or maybe I left my tulpa running, n'est-pas?