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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, November 07, 2010

Eyewitness Account Of A Bigfoot Sighting In Southeast Idaho

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES:A SNAKE HAS BABIES WITHOUT MATING

The following story appeared in the Metro free paper and elsewhere on Thursday, November 4th 2010:

Virgin snake has babies: A female snake has twice given birth to offspring without mating, experts say. The boa constrictor produced 22 babies that have no father. Even more unusual is that the genetic make-up of the babies is unlike any previously recorded among vertebrates, the group which includes almost all animals with a backbone. The captive-born female boa constrictor gave birth at the same time as being housed with four male snakes but DNA tests showed none was the father. That confirmed the first instance of a known virgin birth among boa snakes. ` The results may require scientists to take another look at reptile production,` said Warren Booth, a geneticist at North State University. Asexual reproduction in snakes reproduction in snakes could be more common than thought, he added.` (1)

This story also appeared in HerpDigest vol. 10 issue 47 which said this situation has occurred amongst captive Komodo dragons and insects.

1. Metro. November 4th 2010.

Thanks friends for all birthday greetings. In a strange coincidence, The Guardian`s archive column for Nov. 5th 2010 consisted of a report of Nov. 5th 1966 (the day I was born) on the Surrey Puma.


THE ALARM DEVOLOUTION WORKING MAN`S BLUES

I`m a man
Torn in two
State and Nation
I`ve got to chose
For on these streets
That I spit upon
There`s no money in my pocket
No soles on my shoes
Ain`t got no religion
But the working man blues…

WHILE WE WAIT FOR NEWS FROM THE INDIAN EXPEDITION...

http://cfzindia2010.blogspot.com/2010/11/oll-lewis-living-on-air.html

Oll Lewis continues to look at contemporary Indian Forteana...

UNCONVENTION 2010: Rebecca Lang - Australian Big Cats



TINTIN MOVIE

I have been a fan of the Tintin books by Georges Remi (aka Herge) since I was about eight years old, and someone gave me a copy of The Secret of the Unicorn as a birthday present. I was somewhat relieved, therefore, to see this publicity picture when Oliver sent it to me yesterday. It seems perfectly on topic, whereas I had been expecting something horrible like the third, fourth and fifth panels of this.

The world has not completely gone to the dogs.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

On this day in 1847 the novelist Bram Stoker was born.
And now, the news:

Wetland wonderland breeds birds' paradise
Sea eagle numbers reach new levels in Scotland
The Aesculapian Snake and Human Activity Serpent R...
Very Large Protected Areas Preserve Wilderness but...

Sea eagles are magnificent birds:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VY3C5tKIGxA

CONGRATULATIONS MY DEARS

Lizzy, our favourite sub-editor, became engaged yesterday to her boyfriend Paul. In the fullness of time she will be Clare-Elizabeth Bitakara'mire. Many congratulations, my dears. Hopefully she won't break her foot again next year, so she will be able to introduce Paul to everyone at the Weird Weekend!