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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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Friday, August 12, 2011

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

From Nick Redfern's "There's Something in the Woods...":
Elizabeth's Monster
Killers on the Moor

From CFZ Australia:
On the lookout for the Powerful Owl
Go native and help spot a species!
Will wildlife smuggling strip Asia of animals?
Forget the cute factor and save iconic species
Is a big cat stalking this farm in Victoria?
Police uncover illegal taxidermy haul in Sydney
Boguls take on rats in the City

From CFZ New Zealand:
Fish discovery off nearby Kermadec Islands

From CFZ Canada:
The Canadian Coin Toss

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: A MONKEY IN THE WILDS OF MID NINETEENTH CENTURY SCOTLAND

I found the following in the excellent 19th Century British Library Newspaper database, from the Caledonian Mercury of March 21st 1842 9in fact the phrase “strange animal” brought up 599 hits!!

“ A STRAY MONKEY-Wednesday morning one of the tenants of Daviot in this county informed his proprietor (Mackintosh younger of Mackintosh) that a strange looking animal had been seen in the neighbourhood, and was in that moment in pursuit of one of his children. His wife and neighbours were in a state of utmost alarm and dared not approach the creature, which grinned at them like an evil spirit! On repairing to the spot, the animal was indistinctly seen in a bush at some distance, and Mackintosh immediately fired at it and killed it. The strange visitant that caused so much terror, proved to be a fine old monkey, in excellent condition. Where the wanderer had strayed from, to that comparatively secluded Highland spot, could not be ascertained “- Inverness Courier (1)

1. Caledonian Mercury March 21st 1842.

DALE ON ATLANTIS AND MORE ON GARGOYLES

New Posting on the Frontiers of Anthropology Blog:
Atlantis as a Geological Reality in the 21st Century
http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.com/2011/08/survey-of-atlantis-2-complete-gente-and.html

And the Followup to the Gargoyles posting:
http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2011/08/long-necked-sea-serpents-in-viking-age.html

WREDFERN WRITES WREVIEWS:

A couple of years ago, my good mate and self-elected Prime-Minister of the Center for Fortean Zoology, Jon Downes, was inspired by Patrick Huyghe's Swamp Gas Times book to publish a series of compilations of the writings of various players in the Fortean field.

The first (from Jon's CFZ Press) was Andy Roberts' Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal, which was published in 2010. And my very own Space Girl Dead On Spaghetti Junction followed earlier this year. And, now, we're up to No.3: Paul Screeton's wonderfully-titled I Fort The Lore (I have yet to ask Paul if the lore won...).

Read on...

HAUNTED SKIES: FROM THE ARCHIVES - UFO articles from 'Popular Mechanics' - Roswell Plus 50 00.07.97


http://hauntedskies.blogspot.com/2011/08/from-archives-ufo-articles-from-popular_12.html

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

On this day in 1899 Alfred Hitchcock was born. Hitchcock was a brilliant director, certainly one of the best there ever was, his films include: Rebecca, Rope, Psycho, Strangers On A Train, The Birds, North By Northwest, Vertigo, Rear Window and Dial M for Murder. Rope is particularly impressive because it was filmed to look as if the whole film was made in a single take .
And now the news:

Turtle crisis looms for Great Barrier Reef
Animal's genetic code redesigned (via Dawn Hollowa...
Fossil 'suggests plesiosaurs did not lay eggs' (vi...
Rare ladybird spiders released in Dorset (via Dawn...
'Super' mouse evolves resistance to most poisons (...
The Michigan Dogman Wanders...Again
A shark in the woods

yes...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I91DJZKRxs

DALE DRINNON ON GARGOYLES

EDITOR's NOTE: I decided to start including a picture of Dale on the links to his posts in the same way as I do the CFZ Canada and CFZ New Zealand posts. It was only later that I realised that the first time I do this, it is along side an article on gargoyles. There is no inference meant, I promise.

Dale writes:

The new Blog entry is a piece on Gargoyles and seeking out the oldest recorded reports of LongNecked Freshwater Monsters:
http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2011/08/gargoyles.html