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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, January 02, 2011

KARL SHUKER ON THE TRACK OF THE KUIL KAAX

I was so ill yesterday that I somehow missed Karl's email telling me that he had posted another of his articles on the theme of little people. Sorry mate. But it does mean that today you have two Karl Shuker articles to enjoy....

http://karlshuker.blogspot.com/2011/01/in-quest-of-kuil-kaax.html

THE TOP TENS FOR DECEMBER AND THE YEAR

...are still likely to be a few more days. Lightning Source will not let us have the final figures until later this week. Because of the Bank Holiday on Monday, I estimate that it will be Tuesday at least. However, then it is just a matter of totting up a few columns of figures. For the first time we shall also be presenting the complete top 10 for the year, in the UK, the USA and the grand total.


There is still everything to play for (as the saying goes). Whilst the #1 position for the year is pretty inviolate, even we are not sure exactly what the Top 5 will be....

PRESIDENTIAL BIGFOOT

Just 100 years ago Theodore Roosevelt was the country’s chief executive and favorite son. His personality was larger than life. His exploits captured people’s imaginations worldwide. After the death of his first wife in 1884, Roosevelt spent two years as a rancher and hunter on his ranch in the Badlands of Dakota Territory. He climbed down from the saddle long enough to pen three books during this period. In 1893, he published a lengthy and most entertaining narrative entitled The Wilderness Hunter: An Account of the Big Game of the United States and Its Chase with Horse, Hound, and Rifle, a memoir of sorts of his days in the territories. Among the stories recorded here is what seems to have been a 19th-century Bigfoot encounter. Read on...

THE SAGA OF PRUDENCE'S EARS CONTINUES APACE

Hi Jon and happy new year to all the CFZers,

Breed standards are different in the US and UK and some Boxers still get their ears cropped here so while I am talking through my hat, here's what I think. The size and looseness of Pru's ears look more boxer-like to me than the 'rose ear' that is the bulldog standard. The rose ear is smaller, more compact and swept back in distinctive way.


These are proper ears by the American standard.
http://www.engbulldogs.com/Bulldog%20Club%20Standard.htm

LARS THOMAS WRITES

There once was a bulldog named Prue
whose heart was both gentle and true
she loved to sleep
on top of a heap
of people struck down by the flu.

Happy New Year!

Lars

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

On this day in 1496 Leonardo da Vinci tested a flying machine of his own invention. It didn't work at all but that's not stopped many people claiming he invented hang gliders and helicoptors.
And now, the news:

Man could create new mass extinction
Growing Atlantic dead zone shrinks habitat for bil...
2011 is the year to bring insects in from the cold...
Swiss fish of the year in deep waters
Sea Shepherd clashes with Japanese whalers
Shy bittern returns after 150 years

Bitterns are beautiful birds and rarely spotted even in the very few places they're reliatively common due to their excellent camouflage:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87BJh39fl-I