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, February 20, 2011




Dale Drinnon said...

Whoooooo, Jon, that iffy word "Believes" in "Dale Drinnon Believes he has identified The Real Dragons!"

THAT is a loaded word and one I have taken pains to explain many times before. One should not say a scientist "Believes" a hypothesis in the same way a religious person "Believes" a certain doctrine-if the scientist is doing that, he's doing it wrong.

In this case what is more nearly correct is "Dale Drinnon presents a new hypothesis which conveniently accounts for several prior categories of Cryptids and combines them into a larger but consistent package, and which includes reports of creatures commonly called 'Dragons' in several parts of the range"

Which also identifies the same creatures as the 'Dragons' (Tenninim) of the Bible, BTW.

Rich said...

I, for one, would love to learn more about those Roman accounts you mention and "historical record extant of their existence in Sumatra during the 16th century". Moreover, I would love to see what you describe as "from the rock art I have seen in photos, these Tyrannosaurs are only huge and heavily-built monitor lizards rearing up"

Dale Drinnon said...

In quoting Heuvelmans, Heuvelmans is of course the source. Heuvelmans mentioned the Roman accounts and the "Historical accounts from Sumatra", and those are quotes from his checklist (He mentions the matter in In The Wake of The Sea-Serpents and promises to explain further in a sequel about Freshwater monsters, but that sequel was never written)

As to the pictures of the rock art-alas, I have no scanner and nobody seems willing to provide me with one. But it is fairly simple, the rock-art pictures from australia merely show monito lizards oriented vertically alongside some much smaller human figures.

Best Wishes, Dale D.