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, April 09, 2012



In the deserts of Western Libya, on cliffs and boulders along the edge of a dry riverbed called Wadi Mattendush, are rock carvings cut by a culture making the jump from hunter-gathering to nomadic pastoral farming around 4,000 years ago. Possibly re-cut many times, their carvings show animals in a Libya before the Sahara arrived – giraffes and elephants are accurately depicted. One carving shows two dog-headed men dragging away the body of a rhino, or possibly using magic to control it.

Read on...

Today on the Gonzo Blog

Welcome to the working week. After a peculiar weekend when I was either laid low with a cold (Rhinovirus and diabetes are not a good mix) or struggling with the intermittently recalcitrant BT broadband, both me and the computer are back on duty, albeit both a little battered. Today we have some jolly stuff for you all. We have a revealing interview with Michael Des Barres during which he manages to namecheck both Byron and Muddy Waters without sounding even a little bit pretentious. I am getting to like this man more and more:

I was pootling about on YouTube when I found a fascinating interview with Chris Squire from Yes talking about the day he met Jimi Hendrix. As there are four different Yes products on the Gonzo roster I can afford to be self indulgent here:

Regular readers will have read my ramblings in praise of the wonderful Troy Donockley, uillean piper supreme. Now you can check him out as well with an exclusive slice from his new album:

Whilst on the subject of Troy D, here is a review from Holland. It seems they like him nearly as much as I do:

And finally an excerpt from a fascinating interview from a Greek website. The interviewee? None other than another of my faves; Judge Smith. And as his current album 'Orfeas' is a retelling of an ancient Greek myth, it seems oddly appropriate:

Hopefully things will be back to normal tomorrow.

DALE DRINNON: Tree apes, Robert Lindsay, Benny's Blog

New on the Frontiers of Zoology:

New on the Frontiers of Anthropology:

New on Benny's Blog,
an updated Thelma Todd Bibliography:

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere (only one today, but it's a good one)...

From CFZ Canada:

HAUNTED SKIES: From the authors

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1912 the Titanic left South Hampton on her ill-fated maiden voyage.

And now the news:

Wildlife lover loans collection of stuffed birds t...
The humble British butterfly
Woman reunited with cat - after 16 years
Rare Tipula Rufina crane fly spotted at Sherwood F...
Diet and energetic constraints of an earthworm spe...
Birth of rare Amur leopards at Tallinn Zoo: Live b...
Urban coyote’s feasting on cats
How Butterflies Adapt When Climate Changes

Because it would be even more tasteless of me to post this on the anniversary of the ship hitting the iceberg here’s that video of the rapping dog from that awful Titanic cartoon now so we can all get it out of our system:


DALE DRINNON: Freshwater monkeys, ringshaped shellmounds, Benny's Blog

New on the Frontiers of Zoology:
A Different Spin on a story posted by Nick Redfern that is making the rounds currently:

New on Frontiers of Anthropology
A notice about Ringshaped Shellmounds made during the Archaic Period
suggested by Teresa Drusin:

And on Benny's Blog, a notice about the 1940 movie Misbehaving Husbands
mentioning the minor mystery of Which Carole Did Harry Langdon Mean By That?