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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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Thursday, August 04, 2011

CFZ PEOPLE: Lars Thomas

Happy Birthday to a Great Dane

CFZ PEOPLE: Shaun Histed-Todd

Happy birthday dude

I'M SURE SYD WILL LOVE THIS

I've seen some weird stuff in my time, but this takes the biscuit!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lHaqgVp3TY&feature=related

THE SPIRIT BEAR

Max Blake sent this along...



http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/the-spirit-bear/

ROBERT SCHNECK: Japanese platypus?

Dear Jon,

While looking at the wonderful Pink Tentacle blog, I came across a section devoted to the Kaikidan Ekotoba. It is:

"a mysterious handscroll that proļ¬les 33 legendary monsters and human oddities, mostly from the Kyushu region of Japan (with several from overseas). The cartoonish document, whose author is unknown, is believed to date from the mid-19th century. It is now in the possession of the Fukuoka City Museum."

Most of the drawings depict what look like typically bizarre yokai, but the first two are particularly interesting.

"The black creature on the right was born by a dog that mated with a bird in the city of Fukuoka in the early 1740s. Next to the bird-dog hybrid is an amorphous white monster -- also encountered in Fukuoka -- which is said to have measured about 180 centimeters (6 ft) across. People at the time believed this creature was a raccoon dog that had shape-shifted."

I would suggest that the white monster is what we would call a globster (which explains nothing, but demonstrates how another culture interprets the strange lumps that wash up on their beaches), and that the bird-dog hybrid is a Duck-billed Platypus. What a platypus was doing in Fukuoka in the 1740s is anyone's guess.

http://pinktentacle.com/2010/04/kaikidan-ekotoba-monster-scroll/
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/mammals/platypus/Duckbillprintout.shtmling.com/subjects/mammals/platypus/Duckbillprintout.shtml

HAUNTED SKIES: Volume 3 and some other stuff


http://hauntedskies.blogspot.com/2011/08/volume-3-of-haunted-skies.html

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

On this day in 1862 Joseph Merrick, better known by his stage name 'The Elephant Man', was born.
And now the news:

Rare sighting of a Pallas' cat in The Altai Republ...
Jonathan, 178, 'is world's oldest tortoise'
'Rare' migratory swan cygnet survival at WWT Welne...
Britain's first Nile crocodiles born
Sexually showy birds age faster (via Dawn Holloway...
Call of the Thylacine: Protect the Wild
Garden bird disease spreads to new parts of the UK...
African rodent uses 'poison arrow' toxin to deter ...

Aww, 'rats' cute:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CosZzus_VBo

ILLINOIS LAKE CREATURE...

Andreas Trottmann sent us this report..

I am not inclined to believe in the existence of the Loch Ness monster or the photos and sightings of blurred hairy creatures some call Big Foot. But I have to admit I am stumped when attempting to identify some mysterious beings that were very casually surfacing in the water of the east pond at Twin Lakes Park in Villa Park on Sunday.

Read on...

DALE DRINNON: Marked Hominids or Boreal Bigfoots, Wedigoes,and so on



Because there were many requests for it and because I thought it was necessary, I have reposted the blog on the Marked Hominids or Boreal Bigfoots, Wedigoes,and so on.

http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2011/08/cfz-repostdissection-of-and-discussion.html

A BAND CALLED 'YOWIE'

Because they are named after a cryptid I have to feature them, but I warn you that unless you like Henry Kaiser then you will hate this. Do I like Henry Kaiser? Yes, I have to admit that - on occasion - I do...

And I am sure that Syd will love it.

CFZ PEOPLE: Robert Schneck

Happy Birthday to one of our favourite bloggers, and also Prudence's biggest fan...

THINGS HAVE GONE DOWNHILL SINCE REDFERN EMIGRATED

A recent expedition in search of werewolves on Cannock Chase, (as made famous by Sir Nicholas of Redfernshire) fell foul of some amorous locals...with comic results.

Read all about it (Ooo er Missus)