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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Friday, December 17, 2010

ROBERT SCHNECK: Flying snakes go to war

America's Department of Defense has become interested in flying snakes. Are they developing planes that slither? Serpentine gliders? If so, expect some interesting UFO reports in the near future. Maybe it's a project with a cool name like 'Operation Draco'; the development of flying kraits for battlefield use. The possibilities are nightmarish and I can't wait to see what they come up with.

1 comment:

Dr Dan Holdsworth said...

I think it is the peculiarly of the aerodynamics of a flying snake which intrigues them, particularly when this can be applied to drone aircraft. The current drones flying over Afghanistan are really very conservative designs; they work but could be so much better.

Nevertheless, I do feel that pterosaurs are more interesting, especially their ability to fly from hatching right up to giant sizes.