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, September 09, 2011

DALE DRINNON: Why Plato MEANT 8000 Years When He SAID 8000 (Solar) Years

Just posted on Frontiers of Anthropology:


My first expedition to Sumatra took place in 2003. As the zoological director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology I have been all over the world in search of creatures such as the giant anaconda, the almasty and the Mongolian death worm. But it is Sumatra and the orang pendek that keep pulling me back.

In 2003 I accompanied Dr Chris Clark and Jon Hare to Gunung Tujuh, the Lake of Seven Peaks, in Kerinci Seblat National Park. The jungle around the lake is a hotspot for orang pendek sightings. Our guide Sahar Dimus found tracks of a bipedal creature, but they were too rain-damaged to cast.

Read on...


Another posting from the 'Old Hong Kong' newsgroup, nestled amongst the soft porn, and exhortations to start selling foreign exchange bonds...

Birds of America- Most Expensive Book in the World

“Birds of America“, John James Audubon’s unique sample of nature, art and craftsmanship wrapped in a beautiful album was sold at Sotheby’s last auction for the staggering price of $11.5 million, making it the most expensive book ever sold. This is one of just 11 copies owned by private collectors. Audubon, a 19th century French-American naturalist and painter, gathered 500 breeds of birds, all illustrated in 1,000 hand-painted life-size images, in his extraordinary book, which took 12 years to complete.

PS. Many years ago, when I was a boy, I read a children's book about the life of Audbon. I would love to see a copy if anyone knows what the heck I am talking about


There is widespread belief in a warm and comforting story which states the horse is a gentle herbivore. What if a Rosetta Stone had been found to unlock the dark secrets of the horse’s past?

An international multi-million dollar industry serviced by horse whisperers, glossy magazines and popular culture preaches that horses are meek prey animals who fear predators. What if evidence demonstrated horses have slain lions, tigers, pumas, wolves, hyenas and humans?

Read on...

EDITOR's NOTE: I have never heard of 'CuChullaine' as a given name before...

(Warning boys and girls, those of a sensitive disposition should ignore the lyrics)

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

From Nick Redfern's "There's Something in the Woods...":
In Search of the Orang-Pendek

From CFZ Australia:
Gary Opit talks yowies et al
Giant croc caught in the Philippines
Episode 49 of On the Track is out
Threatened Species Day a sober reminder
Devil's Advocates take top prize
Buy the CFZ Sumatra Expedition tee!
CFZ Sumatra Expedition 2011 kicks off!

From CFZ New Zealand:
Spring Brings the Stirring of Life and Cryptids

HAUNTED SKIES: Cleveland Press, 1.8.52


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 2008 the large hadron collider was switched on for the first time.
And now the news:

Endangered vultures still in peril as pharmacies f...
Arabian leopard – The world’s second rarest big ca...
Dolphins call each other by name
Hunter Lost For 5 Days Ate Worms To Survive
Lab Chimps Laugh And Hug At Taste Of Freedom
Human gelatin to be used in snacks
Drunk Moose Gets Stuck in Tree

It was a typical day in Govan, Glasgow:


The latest CFZ expedition leaves for Sumatra today. As Rebecca says the teams from Australia and the UK will be meeting up in Sumatra in a matter of hours.

The thoughts and prayers of all of us are with you.

CFZ NEW ZEALAND: Spring Brings the Stirring of Life and Cryptids