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, January 05, 2012



1. Haunted Skies Volume One by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (3)
2. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (5)
3. Haunted Skies Volume Three by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (1)
4. Haunted Skies Volume Two by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (2)
5. Grave Concerns by Kai Roberts (-)
6. Orang-pendek: Sumatra's forgotten ape by Richard Freeman (8)
7. Tetrapod Zoology by Darren Naish (8)
8=. Big Cats loose in Britain by Marcus Matthews (-)
8=. Dark Dorset by Mark North and Robert Newland (5)
8=. Dr Shuker's Casebook by Karl Shuker (-)


1. When Bigfoot attacks by Michael Newton (6)
2. The Cryptid Creatures of Florida by Scott Marlowe (3)
3. Orang-pendek: Sumatra's forgotten ape by Richard Freeman (-)
4. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (1)
5. The Inhumanoids by Barton Nunnelly (7)
6=. Monsters of Texas by Ken Gerhard and Nick Redfern (-)
6=. Extraordinary Animals Revisited by Karl Shuker (-)
8=. Haunted Skies Volume One by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (-)
8=. Haunted Skies Volume Three by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (-)
10. Haunted Skies Volume Two by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (-)

Last month's positions in this pinky colour, which I think is called cerise. This was the best Christmas yet saleswise and certainly nothing even for Jon at his grumpiest to grumble about.

HAUNTED SKIES: People (The) 4.5.55

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

On this day in 1942 Pan American Airlines became the first commercial airline to offer round the world flights. Not only was this a milestone in air travel but it’s rather interesting to note that they offered this service right in the middle of the Second World War at a time when the travel of most of the people who could afford it at the time may have been severely restricted.

And now the news:

Tiny Fish Filmed Mimicking Octopus That Mimics Fis...
Mighty arms helped extinct cats keep a mouthful of...
Annual manatee death count shows cold weather an u...
Northern quoll threatened by cane toads
Sea Shepherd finds whalers
Vets and conservation: helping to restore the bala...
Fly Parasite Turns Honeybees Into Zombies
Yeti Crabs & Ghost Octopus! Unique Life Found at 1...

Come on, sing along:

DALE DRINNON: More from the Frontiers of Anthropology

Evidence for an Atlantean Empire Invasion of Europe and England
(Contemporary with Clovis)

And Atlantean Bananas, a reprint from an allied blog exactly as it was posted there, with my comment at the end:

KARL SHUKER: Making a homunculus

Even today, the alchemists of medieval times remain famous for their supposed (but unconfirmed) ability to transmute base metals into gold, using the fabled philosopher's stone.

Less well-remembered, yet even more controversial, is their alleged artificial creation of tiny living humanoids - known as homunculi.

Read on...