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, July 03, 2011


A break for some timely editorial comments on the blog today:


Earthwatch team looks to find more mammoths at Mammoth Site in Hot Springs

There are no sparks inside the Mammoth Site this Fourth of July weekend, but the people visiting are still in awe. "It's pretty much an insight to history. To see what happened at certain times in certain areas on this planet," said Andreas Gottzman, a Boy Scout Master visiting with Troops from Long Meadow, Massachusetts. Not only is this site unique because of the number of mammoths and how confined they are, but the active excavation that takes place each day in front of hundreds of people. A special Earthwatch excavation team is having its hand at the site as it tries to discover new mammoths.

Read on and see the video...

CRYPTOZOOLOGY ONLINE: On The Track (Of Unknown Animals) Episode 47

The latest episode of our monthly webTV show from the CFZ and CFZtv, bringing you the latest cryptozoological, and monster hunting news from around the world.

This episode brings you:

CFZ in summer
Launching the Sumatra 2011 expedition
The orang pendek song,
White cloud mountain minnows
Breeding them
Breeding Rio Cauca caecilians
Breeding Aequidens sp Peru
The Indian deer DNA result
Mortimer the skeleton of Selma, Alabama
Oll at LAPIS
Corinna looks at out of place birds
New and Rediscovered: New mice
New and Rediscovered: New inflatable shark etc
New and Rediscovered: New Bee
New and Rediscovered: Rediscovered freshwater limpet

KARL SHUKER: Seeking the Sandewan

A trail of blood

TERATOLOGY: Spectacular abberation of Mazarine Blue

This is a Mazarine Blue. These days it is found across continental Europe, as far north as the Arctic Circle, and as far south as Morocco. In the 19th Century it was found in the UK, but it became extinct in 1906, probably because of changes in hayu-making procedures which harvested before the clover eating caterpillars had matured..

Look at this extraordinary new abberation, photographed in Switzerland by Guy Padfield...


HAUNTED SKIES: Some archive clippings from 1963


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1997 the NASA pathfinder probe landed on Mars.
And now the news:

'Gas-less' kangaroo secret sniffed out
Dinosaurs were animal world's top bone heads
The first non-human meat farmers
That's some party trick: Model-maker produces life...
Coconut history
Photo confirms grizzly in Washington's N. Cascades...
Gorilla adopted by French couple

I could only put one song here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2O91T6ZeW0


"Peter" sent me this, on a comment on the Haunted Pies blog..

A diver conducting an investigation of Geirþjófsfjörður believes he may have found evidence of a sea monster living in the fjord.Árni Kópsson told Vísir that he sent a deep sea camera into the bottom of the fjord to record what may be in one of the craters recently found there by the Marine Research Institute a few years ago. Apart from fish and shrimp, Árni says he saw something else."There was some kind of creature that you couldn't see really well," he said.

"Something that was quick to make itself scarce when you got near it."

Read on...


From the Mailbag III, There is the "Know Your Sea-Serpents" posting,

And then one of those annoying matters I have to keep on explaining over and over again (as I just did on a radio interview last Friday night, for example)