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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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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

NICK REDFERN REVIEWS 'WEIRD WATERS' BY LARS THOMAS

http://www.mania.com/lair-beasts-weird-waters_article_130503.html

Weird Waters: The Lake and Sea Monsters of Scandinavia and the Baltic States is an excellent new book from author and creature-seeker Lars Thomas, and which is published by England’s CFZ Press. Of his book, Thomas says the following:

“Aquatic monsters have a long and venerable history in the waters of northern Europe, dating at least all the way back to what must surely be the grandfather of all lake-, sea- and other monsters, the mighty Midgårdsorm or Jormungandr from the old Norse mythology - a creature long enough to encircle the globe and bite its own tail.”

Thomas continues: “Though some have since claimed sightings of monsters several hundred meters long, some even confusing the creatures with small islands, nothing has ever come even remotely close to the gargantuan size of the Midgårdsorm. And naturally, the only one who ever dared to challenge this monster was the old Norse God Thor - the God of Thunder. In many ways, the Midgårdsorm is the archetypical mythological monster, but that doesn't mean all monsters are figments of the imagination.”

Read on...

HAUNTED SKIES: At last the Haunted Skies website is up, plus a load of other stuff...

...including a picture of Dawen looking very fetching in a big hat.

http://hauntedskies.blogspot.com/2011/07/httpwwwhauntedskiescom.html

PS: There are a load of archive clippings as well...

TWO HEADED PYTHON

CAN INVASIVE BURMESE PYTHONS INHABIT TEMPERATE REGIONS OF THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES?

CAN INVASIVE BURMESE PYTHONS INHABIT TEMPERATE REGIONS OF THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES?

Michael E. Dorcas, John D. Willson & J. Whitfield Gibbons

2011. Biological Invasions 13: 793-802

Abstract: Understanding potential for range expansion is critical when evaluating the risk posed by invasive species. Burmese Pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) are established in southern Florida and pose a significant threat to native ecosystems. Recent studies indicate that climate suitable for the species P. molurus exists throughout much of the southern United States. We examined survivorship, thermal biology, and behavior of Burmese Pythons from South Florida in a semi-natural enclosure in South Carolina, where winters are appreciably cooler than in Florida, but within the predicted region of suitable climate. All pythons acclimated to the enclosure, but most died after failing to seek appropriate refugia during sub-freezing weather. The remaining snakes used refugia but died during an unusually cold period in January 2010. Although all snakes died during the study, most survived extended periods at temperatures below those typical of southern Florida and none exhibited obvious signs of disease. Our study represents a first step in evaluating the results of climate matching models and we address factors that may affect range expansion in this invasive species.

A pdf of this article is available from the CNAH PDF Library at http://www.cnah.org/cnah_pdf.asp

MATT WILLIAMS: Simulacra - can you see the dragon?





OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

On this day in 1969 Apollo 11 landed on the moon and 7 hours later Neil Armstrong became the first man to step on the Moon. Within a few days from now the United States' last space shuttle mission will conclude, quite a pity and in many ways a wasted opportunity. Technology has advanced immeasurably since the Moon landing, yet there has never been a serious attempt to land a man on another planet. Maybe the Chinese will step up to the plate while what is left of NASA are busy growing crystals.
And now the news:

Loch Ness monster-like beast filmed in Alaska
New Virus Jumps From Monkeys to Lab Worker
Philippines warns against geckos as AIDS treatment...
Male and female giant pandas prefer different habi...
New to Nature No 47: Peripatus solorzanoi
Lost rainbow toad is rediscovered
West Village pet stores refuse to sell puppies to ...
Brainy Lizards Pass Test for Birds
Miracle cat survives 20-story plunge

A new(ish) Simon's Cat cartoon:
http://www.simonscat.com/Films/Hidden-Treasure/

CRYPTO NEWS ON THE FOZ BLOG

News Items on the Frontiers of Zoology Blog
http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2011/07/alex-evans-response-about-dna-analysis.html
http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2011/07/latest-info-on-caddy-alaskan-video.html
http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2011/07/chessie-manatee-returns.html

HAUNTED SKIES: Volume three is coming to fruition at last

http://hauntedskies.blogspot.com/2011/07/volume-3-is-coming-to-fruition-at-last.html