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, April 05, 2012

CFZ PEOPLE: Roseanne Curtis - a major new talent

I have known Dave and Joanne Curtis' daughter Rosie since she was a very small girl. Now she is a sophisticated young lady of (nearly) 16, and she is pursuing a career in serious films. This is her latest cinematic outing, and I think that you will agree with me that she is a talent worth watching. Roll over Leni Riefenstahl and tell Roseanne Curtis the news...

HAUNTED SKIES: Author's update

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1869 celluloid was patented. Although at first used as a substitute for ivory it found its most famous use in film processing. The fact that film could be printed on a flexable transparent surface as opposed to rigid and expensive glass plates, was what turned the magic lantern shows of the Victorian age into movies.

And now the news:

Shetland Islands to host 'world's most productive'...
Ostriches released onto newly created wildlife res...
'Snake' found in Kingswells loft turned out to be ...
Conservation scheme for 'under threat' Rockingham ...
Robosquirrels Versus Rattlesnakes
‘Wildlife’s at risk’ if drilling allowed near Newp...
Arctic blast threatens real Easter eggs
Placenta On Toast? Could We Derive Benefits from I...
Mission critical: Species explorers propose steps ...
Tagged Lice Help Researchers Study Social Interact...
Lead's lethal lure for curious kea
Rescued Turkey dolphins ready for release into the...
Runaway cat Ronnie returns after two years away

Roundhay Garden Scene’ is thought to be the first moving picture produced using celluloid film by Louis Aimé Augustin:


DALE DRINNON: Skunk ape, Shipton yeti prints, Kakha Margiani Tyler Stone

New on the Frontiers of Zoology:
Part 2 of the Skunk Ape story (Florida Bigfoot, the more human-like one)

The discussion on the casts of the Shipton 1951 "Yeti" footprint formerly owned by Ivan T. Sanderson

New on the Frontiers of Anthropology:
Part 3 of Kakha Margiani as Guest Blogger

Tyler Stone has a Paleontology posting on his blog:


Just in case you might be interested, late last night I spoke to veteran rock singer Michael des Barres about his forthcoming album. I am also rude about Rob Ayling while discussing a new DVD from Chris Thompson, one time singer with Manfred Mann's Earth Band...

MICHAEL DES BARRES: Exclusive interview