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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Sunday, September 18, 2011

HAUNTED SKIES: Penge UFO, Jan 11th 1968


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1961 Betty and Barney Hill claimed to have become the first people to be abducted by aliens.
And now the news:

Big fossil croc may have competed with giant snake...
Protoceratops Dinosaur found with its own tracks
Cold summer blamed for low Big Butterfly Count num...
Do lazy mammals live longer?
Invasive Amphibians, Reptiles in Florida Outnumber...
Little auks go to the Greenland Sea to moult
Freshwater pearl mussels among IUCN's 'most endang...

Vaguely related to today's 'On this day' a bit of hazy cosmic jazz:


Despite what I wrote yesterday it appears that the loss of service on the Bigfoot Forums the other night was a result of a deliberate attack on the site by person or persons unknown, or some random thing we don't know as yet! Watch this space.

CORINNA DOWNES: Night scope update

On Friday we received two night-sights through the post, which had been very generously donated to the CFZ by Dan Holdsworth. We could not wait until it got dark so that we could try them out and as soon as the last flecks of daylight gave up and handed over to darkness, Graham and Jon eagerly pottered around outside and eventually came into the kitchen with them. It was like something out of Terminator, each of them having just one red eye – these seemingly floating around completely devoid of any body. Then it was my turn and the first thing I looked at was Prudence sitting on her bed by the Rayburn. Quite peculiar - especially as her eyes were just large white dots. In fact they looked like two white chocolate buttons. Freaky.

There is no doubt that if anybody had walked passed the house and seen us, they would have thought us jolly odd fellows, wandering around in the dark. But on reflection I guess most in the village know us as being rather unconventional anyway. However, we enjoyed our night-time experiment and are looking forward to trying out the night-sights up at the woods one night.

Thanks, Dan, once again for your generosity. They are a gratefully received addition to our growing arsenal of specialised equipment.