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, July 11, 2011

CFZ CANADA: Poo Poo-ing Unknown Animals

Robin sings the praises of scat....

1 comment:

Dale Drinnon said...

In fact any good Bigfooter has to talk scat and in fact there are occasions when you should expect to actually handle the stuff, break it apart with your fingers and sort through it (many people wear plastic gloves for this). And you might have to be able to answer such questions as "what does the presence of plant food 'X' imply?" when plant food 'X' might have certain pharmaceutical properties,or a distinctive odour, or perhaps was probably just eaten as roughage. And it's good to be able to recognise parts from insects and small mammals (rodents), salamanders or frogs, or small fish bones, snail shells or bird feathers, say.

If you have ready access to a good lab to do analysis for you, that is alwas a good thing, too.

Best Wishes, Dale D.