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, July 07, 2011


Folks, here is a report from the Brownsville Daily Herald of August 4th 1902 on a giant egg found in Madagascar.


St Augustine, July. An egg of the giant bird, epyornis found floating in St Augustine Bay, southwest of Madagascar, has given rise to the supposition that living specimens of this creature, which hitherto it was thought became extinct in Pleiocene times , may yet be found in the interior of the island, and a party of Germans, headed by Gottleth Adolf Krause, have undertaken an expedition with the object of tracing it to its home or solving the problem of the existence.

The first acquaintance with the bird was made through Captain Abordie, the master of a French sailing vessel, who in 1850 was surprised to find the natives using as a vessel a fragment of a huge egg shell. He purchased the piece, and upon offering a reward for a whole egg received in a few days from the natives one which had been found in the dry bed of a river. Since then a number of eggs, together with some bones, have been recovered from the alluvial deposits of the island. These eggs, which are now in the possession of several museums, measure over a foot in length, the longest one being 14x9 inches in diameter. They are seven times larger tah an ostrich egg, 184 times larger than a hen`s egg and 20,308 times larger than a wren`s egg. One of them would supply a square meal for a well-patronized country boarding-house, or it is estimated, for sixty persons. (1)

1. Brownsville Daily Herald August 4th 1902 p.1



DALE DRINNON: Altama-ha/Don't mess with Dale!


You might be interested in the final outcome of the "Reverend Jim" case. In effect, he has admitted that his case to have me remove the material in the first place was fraudulent and based on a deposition he made to the authorities in which he perjured himself, which is what my countersuit alleged. He did not deny those charges and did not ever attempt to say that my representation of the matter in those terms was false.


HAUNTED SKIES: Plastic balloons, and little green men!


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1898 the legendary confidence artist Soapy Smith was murdered. One of Smith's 'ruses' was to create a petrified man he called McGinty and charge the low price of only 10 cents to see him, this was designed to gather large crowds that Soapy's employees could liberate a lot more money from via rigged 'games of chance'.

Smith was a very interesting character indeed and you can find out more about him, direct from Jeff Smith (one of Soapy Smith's descendents), on the blog http://soapysmiths.blogspot.com/
And now the news:

Scorpion On A Plane: Man Stung On US Flight
Town Pond Turns Fluorescent Green
Monkey steals camera to snap himself
Drama at Manchester Airport as pink flamingo close...
Parasitic Worms May Offer Hope on MS
Jellyfish force shut down of nuclear power station...
Giant lizards being hunted down in South Florida
'Barnes mystery' of Attenborough garden skull solv...
Gigantic wombat on steroids
Bicyclists Report Getting Smacked By Angry Bird

Hmm, handed out on a plate (a fantastic song) :

DALE DRINNON: Classical-age representations of Plesiosaur-shaped creatures:

The blog for Thursday is already up and it concerns more Classical-age representations of Plesiosaur-shaped creatures:


A very happy birthday to my neice Thea, with all sorts of avuncular good wishes...