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, June 24, 2012


1 comment:

Dale Drinnon said...

"Classically" the Mapinguari per seis more of an upright primate with NO groundslothlike features: it is never described as having any TAIL and the "Claws" are more precisely described as being like the curled fingers of an ape's hand. Both fingers and toes are curled: the tracks are left by the edge of the foot with the toes curled and the foot is not extended on the ground. Ivan sSAnderson should have remembered this when he wrote the book Abominable Snowmen and called the Mapinguari a sort of a Bigfoot. Ironically, Sanderson is one of the better-known supporters of the Mapinguari, but conflating it with the South American Bigfoot was probably a mistake (the creature that was said to pull the tongues out of cattle was NOT called Mapinguari, and neither is the usually-quadrupedal, TAILED shaggy creature more likely to be a groundsloth. People have been careless in discussing the matter generally)
The one-eyed-creature-with-no-head-and-its-mouth-in-its-belly CAN be documented all the way back into the 1500s and is most likely a kind of an ape like an orangutan