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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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Friday, January 28, 2011

CFZ PEOPLE: Happy Birthday to Karl's Mum


Karl writes

Happy Birthday to Karl Shuker's mum. The indefatigable Mrs Shuker is 90 Today! Love Jon and Corinna and all at the CFZ

NAMING SPECIES THROUGH DNA

Chad Arment posted this on the `Strange Ark` email group:


A couple of recent papers have relevance to the debate over the use of DNA to describe species:


Researchers register new species using DNA-based description
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-01/uog-rrn012511.php


Myth of the molecule: DNA barcodes for species cannot replace morphology for identification and classification
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1096-0031.2003.00008.x/full

DAVY CURTIS: Stand up you big gorilla.

Dear Jon,

I hope you are feeling a bit better. Have you seen the footage on Sky News of Ambam, the gorilla who walks upright? Apparently he learnt this behaviour from his father Bitam. They are kept at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Kent.

If this behaviour has been learnt from an older generation could it carry on until all future gorillas at this park start walking upright?

Anybody know if this could be the case?

Regards Davy C



And there is only one song we could possibly play now:

ADAM DAVIES MEETS TIM BINNALL

Adam writes: I did an interview with Tim Binnall just before Xmas, and it is available for download, if you have the opportunity.


http://www.binnallofamerica.com/boaa012110.html

WHO IS WRECKLESS ERIC?

As regular readers will know, Glen Vaudrey is currently presenting a series called I'd go the whole wide world. Further to that, I have been intoducing this series with the occasional comment about 'Wreckless Eric.' "Who is Wreckless Eric?" asked a CFZ Family member who is old enough to know better.

Bloody Hell!



NICK REDFERN: Timeslips

Richard Holland was the editor of Britain's Paranormal magazine, which unfortunately recently closed down. However, Richard also runs an excellent website of his own called Uncanny UK, for which I have just started writing.

Here's my first post, on UK time-slips:

http://www.uncannyuk.com/2011/01/19/time-slips-in-rural-england/

You have to register to read the article, but there's no fee.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

On this day in 1845 The Raven by Edger Allan Poe was first published.
The Raven
And now, the news:

Rare Moth Thrives in "Last Refuge" on the Island
'Large cat fight' sound heard before savaged lamb ...
US fugitive 'planned suicide by bear'
Bigfoot is real, Idaho researcher to tell IUS audi...
Egyptian jackal is actually ancient wolf
'Best-ever' big cat sighting reported in Wales

Shouldn't be too hard to guess what sort of thing I'll be posting for today's vid (this one's for Gavin Wilson, the top bloke who posts the stories on out news blog most days):
http://www.simonscat.com/catchat.html

KARL SHUKER GOES IN SEARCH OF THE PICHICIEGO - ARGENTINA'S ARMOURED FAIRY

http://karlshuker.blogspot.com/2011/01/pichiciego-argentinas-armoured-fairy.html

CORINNA KNOWS WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING THIS WEEKEND

http://cryptochick.blogspot.com/2011/01/rspb-big-garden-birdwatch.html