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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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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

KEN GERHARD WRITES

Hello all,

I was hoping to get some educated opinions about this mysterious object. The gentleman who sent these photos to me insists that it is a skull from an unidentified animal, and that he also is is possession of a few of its teeth. It appears to have small horns and is lacking eye sockets. In my opinion it resembles a vertebrae, although anatomy is definitely not my strong suit. He is seeking to have it scientifically analyzed. Any thoughts or opinions on the object would be most appreciated!

Always the very best,

Ken

ROBERT SCHNECK WRITES

Hi Jon,

Just a note to say how much I enjoyed the new OTT. My favorite part was the final word on Egyptian jackals as wolves; that means Anubis is not a jackal-headed god, but a wolf-headed one like Wepwawet.

And I wrote a verse for Prudence's tag.

I am Prudence of the CFZ
I have a big collar 'cause I have a big head.

Thank you and good-night.

FEBRUARY'S HIT PARADE FROM CFZ PRESS/FORTEAN WORDS

UK

1. Haunted Skies Vol 1 by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (1)
2. UFO Down by Andy Roberts (-)
3. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (4)
4. Man Monkey by Nick Redfern (7)
5. The Owlman and Others by Jonathan Downes (-)
6=. In the Wake of Bernard Heuvelmans by Michael Woodley (7)
6=. The Mystery Animals of Ireland by Gary Cunningham and Ronan Coghlan (7)
8=. Big Bird by Ken Gerhard (-)
8=. Karl Shuker's Alien Zoo by Dr Karl Shuker (2)
8=. Extraordinary Animals Revisited by Dr Karl Shuker (3)




US

1. Haunted Skies Volume Two by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (-)
2. Haunted Skies Volume One by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (8)
3. Monster! by Neil Arnold (-)
4=. In the Wake of Bernard Heuvelmans by Michael Woodley (-)
4=. Giant Snakes by Michael Newton (-)
4=. The Monsters of Texas by Ken Gerhard and Nick Redfern (1)
4=. Karl Shuker's Alien Zoo by Dr Karl Shuker (4)
8=. The Smaller Mystery Carnivores of the Westcountry by Jonathan Downes (-)
8=. Extraordinary Animals Revisited by Dr Karl Shuker (3)
8=. The Island of Paradise by Jonathan Downes (-)

Last month's positions in this pinky colour, which I think is called cerise. February and March are always weird months; there is a sales slump because people who paid for Christmas on their credit cards now have to start paying it back....

MATT SALUSBURY ADDED TO WW2011 LINEUP


It is with great pleasure that I can announce that Matt Salusbury will be speaking at the Weird Weekend about his forthcoming (this spring) expedition to Kerala in search of pygmy elephants....

ODDS AND SODS FROM CHAD ARMENT

A big cat prank in Australia:
http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2011/02/24/245351_news.html

Someone released a tegu in Hawaii:
http://www.kitv.com/news/26959391/detail.html

A dodo skeleton was found in an Irish pub:
http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Skeleton-of-the-extinct-dodo-bird-found-in-an-Irish-pub-116725349.html

Nat Geo channel has a crypto series on the way, Beast Hunter:
http://www.zap2it.com/news/zap-beast-hunter-story,0,7602346.story

WHAT CFZ AUSTRALIA DID IN FEBRUARY

  • Jennifer Parkhurst on Australian Story tonight
  • Help Blundstone Save the Tassie Devil
  • Tasmanian Tigers on display
  • The ethics of hunting rare beasties
  • Mystery Animal series gets a plug in FT
  • From the archives: Huge, hairy and hides in the bu...
  • Taxonomy fails - the infamous 'Cat Found' poster
  • Koala twins enjoy a lucky escape
  • Whittlesea resident finds big prints - of big cat?...
  • Researching the trade in Thylacine specimens
  • Vic Govt big cat hunt needs to be realistic
  • Victorian big cats investigation on Sunrise, Ch 7
  • Monster croc Ian's master work
  • Alleged 'Tasmanian Tiger' skin in the news again
  • Government gooses chase big cat - with paper
  • Poor Sam the Koala - stuffed twice!
  • Big cat spotted at Olinda, Victoria
  • Queensland Cassowaries get flood aid
  • Book review: Stolen World by Jennie Erin Smith
  • Here be monsters - and sceptics
  • Government still on the 'tail' of big black cats
  • Website rates CFZ Australia a top read
  • Orange-bellied parrot headed the way of the Dodo
  • OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

    On this day in 1703 Robert Hooke died. Hooke was a polymath who made scientific discoveries in physics (Hooke's law) and biology (his book Micrographia contains the first ever detailed drawings of the world seen though a microscope and he was the first to use the word 'cell' to describe a biological cell), Hooke was also Christopher Wren's right-hand man when it came to rebuilding London after the great fire of 1666.
    And now the news:

    Potential new storm-petrel species
    Jaguar-like species of catfish discovered in the A...
    If we cannot save the lion, no other species stand...
    African lion may be added to U.S. endangered speci...
    Humans causing mass extinction of Earth's species
    Happy National Invasive Species Week!
    PETA honors Guayama mayor for saving monkeys
    New species of frog named nectophyrnoides deloitte...

    Speaking of frogs:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6yw2SmG674

    KARL SHUKER'S ELEPHANT OF SURPRISE

    DALE DRINNON: The Sea Elephants

    http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2011/03/sea-elephants.html

    DALE DRINNON ON CLASSICAL SEA SERPENTS


    http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2011/03/classical-plesiosaurian-sea-serpents.html