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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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Thursday, December 23, 2010

A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM KARL SHUKER


ANOTHER PIECE OF POTENTIALLT EXCITING NEWS FROM THE INDIA EXPEDITION

I have been saving this nice little titbit for Christmas Eve. Whilst in India the team examined the pelt of a red panda shot in the Garo Hills during the 1960s. This is particularly interesting because there are none of these animals known nearer than Bhutan. At the very least this is evidence for a marked extension of their known range.

However, it may be even more interesting. Compare the tail with the animals pictured here. This may of course be due to bleaching from the sun or a similar cause but samples have been sent to Lars Thomas, who is working through quite a backlog of CFZ related stuff at the moment.



Watch this space.

ODDS AND SODS FROM CHAD ARMENT

Markus Hemmler notes a collaborative bibliographic database for cryptozoological publications and articles by two sites, Kryptozoologie-Online and Kryptozoologie.net. The database can be viewed in German at:

http://www.kryptozoologie-online.de/bibliographie/index.php
Or, in English at:http://www.kryptozoologie-online.de/bibliography/


Young female chimpanzees appear to treat sticks as dolls
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-12/hu-yfc122010.php
Meat-eating dinosaurs not so carnivorous after all
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-12/fm-mdn121410.php
Infant mammoths kept on mom's milk longer to stay safe: Study
http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Infant+mammoths+kept+milk+longer+stay+safe+Study/4010009/story.htmlColorado ski group wary of possible reintroduction of wolverines with protected status
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_16907832

ABSOLUTELY DREADFUL NEWS

The charity Booktrust is to lose all its government funding for schemes that promote reading by providing free books to children in England. The charity said it was "immensely surprised and disappointed" to hear it would lose £13m of annual Department for Education funding from April 2011.

Read the full story

NIGEL HERWIN: Enquiry Unlimited









Attached is the comic strip Enquiry Unlimited from the TV Express Annual 1962 (London: TV Publications, 1961), with art by Cecil Orr. It's a rather charming skim through the realms of Forteana, with some interesting conclusions. A bit of research has revealed that Enquiry Unlimited was an actual TV series, which ran for a couple of series between July 1960 and April 1961, where children's questions were answered with the aid of guest experts. Interesting that the strip in the annual opts for "the world's great mysteries and legends". Makes me wonder what other Fortean features could be lurking in children's annuals. I'm sure I have an old Eagle annual with a piece about UFOs. By the way, Howard Williams from the Enquiry Unlimited strip apparently later went on to partner British TV's anthropomorphic superstar, Basil Brush! Anyway, I hope you enjoy the strip.

Hope you're well, and best wishes to all at the CFZ.

As Redvers and Howard say at the end of the strip:

Cheerio!

Nigel Herwin

THE CFZ IN WINTER: Frozen chicken (well nearly)

Whilst Prudence spends most of her day asleep in front of the Rayburn.... Graham comes in with the chicken's water dish frozen solid..
Frozen so solid that Graham has to bring it into the kitchen to thaw out


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

On this day in 1968, after breaking free of Earth’s gravitational field on the 21st of December the crew of Apollo 8 enter into orbit around the moon and become the first people to see the dark side of the Moon with their own eyes.
And now, the news:

Baby orangutan cruises to new home
Thousands of New Zealand seabirds starving in La N...
Does the ivory-bill still exist?
Leaked US memo discloses that pesticide may be res...
Young female chimps use sticks for 'play-mothering...
Polar bears not endangered, US confirms (via Dawn ...
Ancient humans, dubbed 'Denisovans', interbred wit...
Reindeer fly - on magic mushrooms
Reindeers fitted with reflectors

This should get you all feeling Christmassy:
The Night Before Christmas

IT SEEMS THAT IT WAS PREORDAINED THAT KARL SHUKER WOULD BE A CRYPTOZOOLOGIST!


"What's in a name?" asks Karl, who then proceeds to answer his own question with a remarkable and fascinating answer.

Check it out

KARL SHUKER ON WEREWOLVES

I couldn't find a picture of Karl with anything lupine, but I did find a picture of him with a kangaroo...

Chrck out his lycanthropic article...