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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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Saturday, July 16, 2011

CORINNA'S DREAM CAR

http://cryptochick.blogspot.com/2011/07/lazy-sunday-afternoon.html

MYSTERY ANIMALS OF THE BRITISH ISLES: Gloucestershire and Worcestershire

ANTIPODEAN POISSON D'AVRIL

I posted the story on last April's Australian monster hoax assuming that everyone knew that I realised it was a hoax. I just forgot to say so....

BUTTERFLIES: MORE CHANGES TO THE BRITISH LIST

One of the things that I bang on about regularly in these pages is the fact that far from knowing everything about such a well known subject as British wildlife, our lamentable lack of knowledge keeps on rearing up and biting us on the bum.

For the second time in a few weeks, therefore, here is a new butterfly for the British and Irish list.

But it is not even as straightforward as that! Until recently it was claimed that Leptidea reali was the only wood white in Ireland. Now it appears that whiule there are now accepted that there are two species, Leptidea sinapis and L.juvernica (the new species) L.reali probably doesn't live in Ireland at all!

The big volte face here is that sinapis was supposed to be confined to the mainland, but as the article that I have linked to at the top of the page asks:

"The work of *Dinc√£ and his colleagues suggests that 270,000 years ago the common ancestor of these three species split into two. One of these lines eventually evolved into L. juvernica. The other division split again about 120,000 years ago and became what we know today as L. sinapis and L. reali. 27,000 years ago L. sinapis expanded into the territory of L. juvernica. So is L. sinapis in Ireland an interloper that arrived late and since then conditions were never favourable enough to colonise the whole island, or has it more recently contracted in its range and retreated to the ‘Burren’?"


For what it is worth, I hazard a bet that all three species will eventually be found not only in Ireland but on mainland Britain...


PS: When I refer to Ireland as being part of the British Isles, I mean in the geographical, not the political sense...


















HAUNTED SKIES: Hampshire crop circles from 1994

http://hauntedskies.blogspot.com/2011/07/hampshire-crop-circles-from-1994.html

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

On this day in 2003 UN weapons inspector Dr David Kelly died. Kelly, who had been the anonymous source for a BBC news news story that refuted Tony Blair's trumped up claims of Saddam Hussain having weapons of mass destruction that could be launched on Western targets in 45 minutes that formed his justification for the Iraq war, allegedly took his own life. However there are a large number of people, including renowned pathologists and MPs, that dispute or doubt this conclusion, with one alternative explanation being that he was assassinated on the orders of Tony Blair.
And now the news:

Tough Turtles survive Cretaceous meteorite impact
Satellite tracked cuckoo reaches Africa
Thriving Snow leopard population discovered in Afg...
Dogs that ate their dead owners
They didn't croak after all! World's rarest toads ...
Last dinosaur before mass extinction discovered
Black bear, Florida bicyclist collide
Mendon man head-butted by deer
Pictures: Prehistoric Eyes Found—Surprisingly Adva...
Possible Chupacabra Sighting In Texas (VIDEO)
Conservationists urge public to count butterflies
13.7-Foot Crocodile Captured Alive In Philippines,...

Normally at this point I'd post the Elton John Crocodile Rock vid from the Muppets but that would be all too predictable so here's a different clip with no relation to the final news story at all (you'll like this one Jon!) :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oqg3YWFA5nw

KARL SHUKER: THE HOBBIT ACTOR AND A REAL-LIFE SHELOB – OR SOMETHING PRETTY DARN CLOSE?