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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Monday, January 09, 2012

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

From CFZ Australia:
From CFZ Canada:

CFZ PEOPLE: Emily Taylor

Emily is 18 today. Happy Birthday my dear

HAUNTED SKIES: Times (The) 28.5.55

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1961 Dashiel Hammett died. Hammett is often credited as the originator of Hard Boiled Detective fiction.

And now the news:

Appeal launched for Patagonian grebe
Like magic, Harry Potter's owl spotted across US
Wind farm to be built at site of decisive Civil Wa...
Climate change affecting Europe's butterflies and ...
Crowds thrilled as whales feast on birds
New spill emergency as grounded ship breaks up off...
Wind turbine blades fly off in storm
Missing wedding ring found on carrot 16 years afte...

A clever trailer for Hammett’s Nick and Nora mystery The Thin Man:

FLORA AND FAUNA INTERNATIONAl: Sumatran tiger appeal

FFI needs to raise £70,545 in order to continue our conservation work in the Kerinci Seblat National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia. This is one of the final strongholds where the Sumatran tiger can still be found - only 700 are left in the wild.

Proposed road building plans are putting the tiger at further threat of extinction.

Please make a donation now to help us reach our target.



DALE DRINNON: Two new postings on the Frontiers of Anthropology

Voyages of the Pyramid-Builders, which not only disputes the idea that pyramids (Ziggurats) originated in South Asia (Sundaland), it suggests strongly that the pyramid-building tradition in the Sundaland area is a secondary wave coming back out of Mesoamerica as recently as the 12th and 13th centuries AD (including evidence of Old World maize then):

And a message from David Campbell (writer on the subject of pyramids on his own) commenting on two of the other recent FOA blog postings:

CFZ PEOPLE: Dale Drinnon brings us up to date with the world of 'Cedar and Willow'

Just a short blog at Cedar and Willow to start catching up again: this is the first one there for January.