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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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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES



What has Corinna's column of Fortean bird news got to do with cryptozoology?

Well, everything, actually!

In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that whereas the study of out-of-place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot or lake monsters, it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean zoologist to be interested in. 






BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF


Bigfoot Found, Killed, and on Tour! - WZTV FOX 17 - FOX 17 This Morning
Did someone bag Bigfoot?Mythical monster hunter Rick Dyer claims he found the beast... And shot it d.

Bigfoot News: Idaho State Trooper Shoots Video of Yeti
“I sped up on my motorcycle and the built in camera snapped this video of the entire event. For years, I heard about Bigfoot sightings on Interstate 69, ...

Hundreds Line Up to See Alleged Corpse of Bigfoot
Hundreds Line Up to See Alleged Corpse of Bigfoot ... to catch a glimpse of what one man says is the taxidermy remains of mythical beast Bigfoot.

The New Inbred Hot Topic
This is a rave. I'm not saying there's not a Bigfoot, but maybe he's not a smoker (Cover story, “Carolina Bigfoot,” Feb. 19). The dude at the library said 

The End Of Rick Dyer?
He tried to enter the bigfoot world with a bang, but seems to be dieing out with a ... You have a bigfoot body on display, and you don't show its feet?

Bigfoot Archives - Wide Open Spaces
Bigfoot Now on Tour, But Is It Real? [PICS]. That's the million dollar question, isn't it? Well folks it's that time again. Time for Rick Dyer to jump back into .

Hundreds lineup to see alleged corpse of Bigfoot - Video on NBCNews.com
NBC News | February 25, 2014. Hundreds lineup to see alleged corpse of Bigfoot. Hundreds of people in Houston, Texas, flocked to catch a glimpse ...

The Bigfoot Field Journal: Bigfoot Lurking on The Hillside
... Lurking on The Hillside. I have posted the video footage of the Bigfoot on the Hillside ... Purchase The Bigfoot Field Journal - Volume 1 - eBook. buy ...
92 KQRS Minnesota's Classic Rock - February 25, 2014: Rick Dyer - Bigfoot Hunter
Rick Dyer, who claims he shot and captured Bigfoot near San Antonio, Texas is taking the carcass on a tour across the United States. Dyer recently ...

"Toxic Monsters Dressed in Bigfoot Costumes." Yep, Think I'm Sold - Topless Robot - Nerd news ...
Yes, Doug Jones and Kane Hodder will be in pretty much anything. But monsters who dress like sasquatches is, I'm pretty sure, something that's never ...
Bigfoot Hunter Goes On Tour With Dead Beast « 103.7 KVIL
Oh, come on. Is anyone really falling for this? It looks more like a Chewbacca costume to me. Rick Dyer, the “famous” Bigfoot hunter, is now going on ...

Bigfoot hunter or Hoaxer? - Myhighplains.com - Powered by KAMR NBC4 and KCIT FOX14
Dozens of people line up and pay to see what one Texas hunter claims is the body of Bigfoot.

Bigfoot: Why do we concern ourselves with these subjects? | CW39 NewsFix
There is a so-called Bigfoot being paraded around in a glass box that has been making news lately that has Grego wondering why we even concern ..

Bigfoot Evidence: The Secret Life of Bigfoot
Bigfoot Evidence Matt K.
Praise For The Hairy Man: The Secret Life Of Bigfoot is the new book authored by Andrew Colvin and Jeffery Pritchett. This book delves into the ...

Hundreds Line Up to See Alleged Corpse of Bigfoot - NBC News
Hundreds of people in Houston, Texas, flocked to catch a glimpse of what one man says is the taxidermy remains of mythical beast Bigfoot. - NBC ...

CRYPTOLINK: Why Are The Palms and Feet of The Patterson Bigfoot White? M.K. Davis Answers That Question

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF

Infamous Bigfoot hunter brings purported body to Paris
Bigfoot hunter and admitted hoaxer Rick Dyer brought what he claims to be the partial remains of a Bigfoot to the Gun and Knife Show at Love Civic ...
Bigfoot researcher seeks big bucks from Dragons' Den
Bigfoot researcher Aaron Arcand pitches a reality show, Searching for Sasquatch, to Dragons Den producers in Edmonton on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.

Once a Bigfoot hoaxer?: Hunter takes dead Sasquatch on tour - Charleston News | Examiner.com
Well, the "I Told You So" Bigfoot viewing tour -- billed as a redemption event -- began this week in Texas with Rick Dyer carting around the carcass of a ...

Bigfoot Evidence: The People Who Are Disliking Tim Fasano's Videos For No Reason Are Idiots ...
Look. We know there are a lot of Tim Fasano haters out there, but why did some of you click "DISLIKE" on this video with Bigfoot Bounty winner,

Bigfoot researcher seeks big bucks from Dragons' Den (with video) - Edmonton Journal
Bigfoot researcher Aaron Arcand pitches a reality show, Searching for Sasquatch, to Dragons Den producers in Edmonton on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. 

'Toenail of Bigfoot' discovered in Arizona - Unexplained Mysteries
Researchers have been attempting to find conclusive evidence of Bigfoot, a tall ape-like biped said to roam the wilds of North America, ever since the ...
Bigfoot Evidence: On Tonight's Finding Bigfoot, Hear Bigfoot Bluff Charge a Couple of ... - Blogger
On tonight's episode of Finding Bigfoot, the team will be traveling back to the Pacific Northwest to determine the squatchiest state in the U.S. According ...
Ancient Giants and Bigfoot | Paranormal - Before It's News
Ancient Giants and Bigfoot. Sunday, February 16, 2014 10:30. % of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents. 0 ...

TODAY'S BIG CAT ROUND UP


The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper-column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. 

There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we are publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. 

The worldwide mystery cat phenomenon (or group of phenomena, if we are to be more accurate) is not JUST about cryptozoology. At its most basic level it is about the relationship between our species and various species of larger cat. That is why sometimes you will read stories here that appear to have nothing to do with cryptozoology but have everything to do with human/big cat interaction. As committed Forteans, we believe that until we understand the nature of these interactions, we have no hope of understanding the truth that we are seeking. 

  • NEWSLINK: Jaguar gains new protection in Belize
  • NEWSLINK: Cougar & Caracal/Serval Hybrid Rescued! ...
  • NEWSLINK: Leopard on the loose: Wild big cat spark...

  • US SIGHTINGS: Big Cat in Sunset Park
  • THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN WEARS A RATHER FETCHING HAT

    The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
    There is a saying which goes something like, "be careful what you wish for, it might come true". For decades I have been working trying to get cryptozoology a higher profile in the public consciousness. Now it has, and I wish that it hasn't. Cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals - is now big business with at least two high profile 'reality TV' series on the subject and a whole plethora of related books and documentaries. And, sadly, very little of this stuff has anything to do with the discipline that I have been espousing since the early 1990s. The search for Bigfoot (I refuse to use the vulgarism "Squatching"), for example is now a staple of mass market entertainment but I feel little or nothing in common with those who practise it. The lovely Sharon Hill from 'Doubtful News' has described it as being more akin to a religion than a science, and it is hard not to agree with her.
    She writes: "...little presented has been confirmed as actually happening or investigated to see if an alternative explanation could be found. There is no critical thinking allowed. These events are for believers to share their experiences. Sound like a religious gathering? Yeah, it does for good reason. Many people who believe Bigfoot is in their back yard have zero solid evidence that it does but choose to believe out of faith and they wish it to be true. Due to such events like this gathering, the belief is reinforced and legitimized. In reality, there is no good evidence to do so."
    Back in the day when, in the wake of the X Files, everyone and his aunt had a poster of Billy Meier's UFO picture on their wall, emblazoned with the words, "I want to believe". I thought then, and I think now that this is completely wrong. I don't "want to believe"; I want to know the truth, whatever it is. Fundamentalists eh? I confidently expect a fatwa against me in the next few days. My crime? Cryptozoological Apostasy! This is going to be worse than the time I wrote a bad review of The Smiths.
    Work on the next issue of Gonzo Weekly has already begun, with lots of photographs and stuff relating to last weekend's Hawkwind-related activities in next weekend's Gonzo Weekly. There will also be an interview with the legendary Keith Levene, new videos from Judy Dyble and Galahad and tons more. The current issue which features an EXCLUSIVE Corky Laing interview, various tributes to the Norse Gods' last battle,Ragnarok, exclusive Hawkwind Space Ritual rehearsals, the return of the mighty Six Foot Three, Clepsydra box set details, news about Hawkwind live this weekend, a pork pie fight, and more news, reviews, views, interviews and packets of fruit chews (OK, no special chewy sweets, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
    To make sure that you don't miss your copy of this and future issues make an old hippy a happy chappy and subscribe
    http://eepurl.com/r-VTD
    PS: If you are already a subscriber but think that you haven't been receiving your copies please check your spam filters. For some reason known only to the Gods of the internet, some e-mail programmes automatically count the magazine as 'spam' probably because it comes from a mass mailer. Either that or they are just jealous of our peerless content
    *  The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at  jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...

    *  The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html
    * We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!

    *  Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 54 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and two very small kittens (one of whom is also orange) puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish, and sometimes a small Indian frog. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

    KARL SHUKER: The Shamir and the Stone Worm


    Karl Shuker delves through the archives and scriptures in search of mysterious worms that devour and disintegrate solid rock - and even diamonds!

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Yesterday’s News Today
    http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

    On this day in 1928 the singer and musician Fats Domino was born. His parents obviously thought that calling their son a name like 'Fats' was the best possible start in life they could give him.
    And now the news:

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  • More Marine Conservation Zones for UK
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  • Squirrel pox more deadly than previously thought
  • Jersey site that was last Neanderthal home is stud...
  • Jaguar gains new protection in Belize
  • Scientists discover 'jellybean' spider on Darling ...

  • Curious father cannot believe what his kind-hearte...

  • Domino's most prized possession was a small hand drill that he carried around with him everywhere. One day he misplaced it while going about his business and had to retrace his steps over the past several hours, eventually finding it on a hill where blueberries grew in great numbers. So delighted was he to be reunited with his drill, he wrote a song about it:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl5hknXqXps