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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Monday, November 01, 2010


OTT38 is about two thirds completed. We filmed an interview with Rebecca Lang from the CFZ Australia office yesterday. I hope that it will be up sometime tomorrow.


...for his generous donation of $20, which is going into the fund that will eventually buy 20 trail cameras. Thank you, mate :)


Yes, it is true. I did provide a quote for a mildly smutty story in the highly dubious British tabloid The Sunday Sport last weekend. Yes, it was a joke, and yes, I owed a favour to one of the journalists who helped us many years back when we were chasing a crocodile in Cannoch. No, I didn't get paid for it. No, I don't believe that the picture they printed shows bigfoot playing leapfrog, or engaging in non-standard breeding behaviour. No, I won't be reprinting the article here, although it will find itself in the CFZ archives. This blog is family-orientated and the offending article is inappropriate. Yes, I have a smutty sense of humour to the desperation of my wife. No, although my wife is a feminist, she is still speaking to me....


Her name is Abbey, by the way

ROBERT SCHNECK: Extinction is forever, thank God.

OK, I don't really mean that, but if Labidura herculeana (Fabricius, 1798) were still alive it could escape from the island of St Helena and show up at your house.

The Giant Earwig of St. Helena - The Dodo of the Dermaptera

Labidura herculeana (Fabricius, 1798), a real giant with up to 80mm body length, is sometimes called the Dodo of the Dermaptera. This is because, much like the Dodo, this endemic species lived on a very confined area on a small island in the Atlantic Ocean, St Helena. You could not find it anywhere else on the world.

According to Ashmole & Ashmole (2000), Labidura herculeana (Fabricius, 1798) could be extinct due to the clearing of the gumwood forest where the species lived (in the area of Horse Point), another cause of the alleged extinction could have been the competition with the introduced centipede Scolopendra morsitans.

As it seems, it is now extinct - at least there was no sighting for a considerable time and therefore it is category 'CR B1+2a' in the IUCN Red Lists.


Richard Freeman is, of course, in India now, but before he left he sent this link... http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2010/10/21/130722022/looking-for-new-monsters

There's something inside us that loves a good monster. We want them scary. We want them surprising. But apparently not too surprising. Across time and across cultures, our monsters come in strangely predictable forms. Read on..

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1957 the Levelland UFO case occured.
And now, the news:

Lack of Paperwork Lands Tortoise Seller 24 week Su...
Ploughshare Tortoises Find Their Way Home
Does Bigfoot live in East Texas?
Tails stolen from Montana horses
Argentina: A Horse Mutilation in Pueblo Esther
Paul the Octopus - shocking developments

Obvious, but its a good song so I make no appologies:


Just a quick head's up: the new episode of OTT will not be up until at least late tomorrow, and probably Wednesday. This is not because of our usual tardiness, and not even because we were overstretched during the weekend (we were). But we have a special visitor due this afternoon, and we want to include an in-depth chat with her. So guys and girls out in bloggoland, I am afraid that you will have to wait.