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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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

LIZ CLANCY: Animal waste doesn't always go to....

Marketing experts behind one of Peru's major tourist attractions might be about to launch a new advertising campaign with the slogan 'Machu Picchu - It's Made of Poo!'

Not really. Though they should.

The ancient Inca city wasn't strictly made of the brown stuff - I think the buildings are probably traditional stone and similar - but Alex Chepstow-Lusty of the Lima-based French Institute of Andean Studies has been studying the mud in Marcaccocha, a small lake in the Cuzco area, for some years now and his team have found a link between an increase in maize pollen and the presence of excrement-eating mites. Conclusion: farming leads to civilization and the people who became the Incas used llama dung as fertilizer.

The current indigenous peoples, the Quechua, still follow aspects of the Incan lifestyle, which includes using llama droppings for fertilizer and cooking fuel. So in a sense, they like to have their cack and eat off it, so to speak....


I have gone on and reprinted a sampling of the CFZ blogs on the water horse theory together with a little new material:


And I forwarded a short review of literature on TransPacific pre-Columbian contact as continuing the discussion on connections between ancient India and Ancient Mexico:


Which is a matter that keeps on getting bigger and bigger the more you dig into it.
Best Wishes, Dale D.



HAUNTED SKIES: The Bill Muir Case, 1967


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

On this day in 1977 Star Wars was first released in cinemas. There are a lot of stories told about George Lucas's original ideas for the Star Wars films and they differ vastly from the film that he eventually came to make. The first draft of the film featured a 'Jedi-Bendu' space commando called C.J. trained in the ways of the force by 'Mace Windy' (thank goodness for second drafts).

And now, the news:

Greensboro bear reappears near Battleground Avenue...

Chapel Hill, Durham police receive several bear si...

Black bear sighted on UNC's Finley golf course

Sat nav-style technology used to track UK seabirds...




Over on the News Blog Gavin L-W has racked up an incredible 5,000 postings. Well done mate :)

TERATOLOGY: Richard Freeman sent us this story about an extraordinary mutation of the Thompson's gazelle