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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Thursday, May 12, 2011


I've recently had a little run-in with Mother Nature, or perhaps the weather service; I don't know. The end result was that a couple of boxes of books temporarily moved to another location because of renovations of book shelves and other forms of life support found themselves in an environment with a far greater moisture content than one would usually recommend for books. i.e. they got wet. Most of the destroyed stuff were of minor importance apart from my nine volumes of The Birds of The Western Palearctic also knows as The Birds of Europe, The Middle East and North Africa. They were fit for papier mache and nothing more. Currently I do not have the money to buy a completely new set so I am trying for old and used ones. I have managed to track down a copy of volume two but does anybody out there have any volumes of said tome they would be willing to sell for a reasonable price?
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CHAD ARMENT WRITES: Creature Chronicles

Ron Schaffner and Blake Mathys have made available PDF copies of Ron's newsletter from the early 1980s:


These are free to download, and of particular interest to Bigfoot enthusiasts.
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Yesterday we posted an insect for you to identify.

Robert Schneck writes:

It looks a lot like the hoverfly, Helophilus pendulus.
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OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


Apologies for no YNT yesterday, but as you might have known or guessed, Blogger has been down for more than 24 hours across the board. Don't worry, though; you didn't miss too much as my planned 'on this day' was only the great comet of 1861 being spotted for the first time (this happened in 1861 in case you were wondering, hence the name, obviously).

On this day in 1973 Skylab, the U.S.A.'s first space station, was launched.
And now the news:

Jupiter moon 'holds magma ocean'
Wikileaks shows Arctic 'carve up'

A bit of Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip for you today (yes there is a link to the last story in there you just have to listen closely):
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