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 26, 2012

CARL MARSHALL: How's this for Batesian Mimicry

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How about this for Batesian mimicry!

Although, a fairly recent study has cast some doubt on this theory with researchers claiming that its not the recognition of eyes that deters depredation but the conspicuous contrast in the patterns on the wings startling the would be attacker. (Stevens et al. 2008).

What do you think?

DALE DRINNON: Mokele Mbembe, Tyler Stone and Benny's blog

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:

And Benny has two new blog entries up also:


Tyler Stone also has a link concerning "Yetis"

HAUNTED SKIES: Daily Mirror 7.7.67


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 2002 the last successful telemetry was received from Pioneer 10.

And now the news:

Gopher tortoises no longer buried alive, but will ...
Fish in bags among wildlife seizures at Bangkok ai...
Morepork and kea being killed by motorists in New ...
Axel The Newfoundland Sits On Roofs Of England Whi...
Mad Cow Disease Confirmed In California Dairy Cow,...
Fat Cat Weighs In At Nearly 40 Pounds (VIDEO)
Biodiversity loss: How accurate are the numbers?
New wetland being created near Salisbury
Birds Form Alliances With Long-Term Neighbors
Was canid shot in New Brunswick first wolf for 150...
Ancient virus DNA thrives in us
Wild Birds Respond Differently to the First Long D...
WWF President number 2 – Let's kill more wolves be...

Hans Mark tells the story behind Carl Sagan's Pioneer plaque:



Back on the chain gang, the Gonzo Blog thunders into life on a friday morning.

First up is part one of an exclusive interview with Judge Smith, who amongst other things was a founder member of Van Der Graaf Generator, and composer of a radical and massively entertaining series of 'song stories':http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/04/exclusive-judge-smith-interview-part.html

I also have an excuse to wax lyrical about one of my favourite musical heroes; Eric Burdon. This comes complete with an exclusive slice out of the 'Lost Broadcasts' DVD which features a 1970 session filmed with multiracial band 'War'. Bloody hell its good:

We have a peek at the new Anthony Phillips album:

A look at Martin Stephenson then and now:

And a link to a massively subjective list of 100 albums that every sci-fi and fantasy buff should own:

That's it for today, but I do suggest that you all check out Jack White's first solo album 'Blunderbuss'. It really is astounding, and fulfills the promise that he has hinted at with his work with 'The White Stripes', 'The Raconteurs', 'The Dead Weather' and all the other side projects that I have forgotten! The weekend starts, umm.... here, I suppose.


Sometimes, tragically, by the time that a cryptid attracts mainstream scientific attention, it is too late - the creature in question has already become extinct. Certainly, for example, it may be too late to secure a specimen of a still-unidentified creature formerly reported from Mexico - the unpronounceable izcuintlipotzotli - because it has not been reported for more than 150 years.

Read on...