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, August 09, 2010

WEIRD WEEKEND 2010: The latest news

* Because of rises in petrol costs we will not be providing automatic shuttles to and from Barnstaple Station this year. There will still be a shuttle service on Thursday and Friday, and it is still free. But it has to be by prior arrangement. If you want a lift please email me and I will arrange it. However, if you don't ask you don't get....

With only a few days to go, if you haven't done so already, now might be a good time to buy your tickets to the best crypto-fortean event of the year....

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This reminded me of the manimal! And the cannibal story in Three Men Seeking Monsters...





DAN WRITES: Dear CFZ, Since there's not much happening in terms of cryptozoological expeditions, I've taken the liberty of sending you a couple of photos from my February 2010 Yeren expedition to central China (Shennongjia National Park,Hubei province). If you are interested, I can send you more details. Have a nice day. Dan

Needless to say, I wrote back asking for more details....

JON ON "Fact or Faked"

I recently appeared on an American TV show (blink and you'll miss it) called Fact or Faked. I am there at the end of Part One..

Part One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-jL1la9I5g
Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tORvgNJiDzo&feature=related
Part Three: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRbzb73vJw8&feature=related
Part Four: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCB-4mEVvGA&feature=related


A new video is available for viewing on the Starchild website (see link below). It is 9:51 of highlights from a lecture filmed by Jonathan Kerr-Smith in London. It briefly covers some background issues, but focuses strongly on the latest genetic developments, hopefully making clear their historic importance.


In addition to the video, below is a message from our geneticist to make clear what we have and what we hope to do with it when we secure the money we need to proceed. If you know any millionaires who might have open minds, and whom you can personally contact on our behalf, please let them know we're still looking for our investor. We'll be happy to provide to them proof of our project's legitimacy, and its outstanding prospects for return on investment.

"Sequencing the Starchild's genome from the bone samples is technically similar to what has been done with the Neanderthal genome, with the great advantage that any kind of contamination, including human DNA, can be easily ruled out by comparison with existing databases of genome sequences. What we seek are stretches of sequences that are not even similar to any existing species from the animal kingdom. Essentially, we are looking for DNA proof of a new, previously unknown, species. We already have several stretches of such DNA that does not show any similarity to species within the animal kingdom. Yet the final conclusion about a new species can be accomplished only when we recover DNA sequences that can be translated into a protein with a predictable function."

As you see, he's saying we definitely have proof that part of the Starchild's nuclear DNA is not found within Earth's animal kingdom. Unfortunately, his discovery is only partial, not yet enough to slam the lid shut on skceptics. But that is coming. When he has the entire genome in hand, enough to translate some sequences into never-before-seen proteins, that will nail the lid tight and change history forever. It is within our grasp to do that right now. All we need is help finishing the job that is already well underway.



The other day we posted an unpleasant story from Robert Schneck about a man undergoing surgery to remove an eel from a place that no eel should ever be. Now it has happened again - this time in China, prompting us to wonder how often this seemingly unlikely occurence actually happens. Is there an office of statisticians working on a series of eel/bum statistics? It certainly gives us fishkeepers new meaning to the term `bottom feeders`!

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1896 German aviation pioneer Otto Lilienthal died from a broken spine when his glider crash-landed. His last words were “Kleine Opfer müssen gebracht werden!” which translates as “Small sacrifices must be made” in English.

And now, the news:

Flying Ant Swarms
Five Ways Oil Drops Could Still Be Deadly to Gulf ...
Should Smuggled Madagascar Frogs Be Returned Home?...
Warmer Is Better: Invasive Cane Toads Set to Thriv...
Reptile Food May Have Sickened People in 17 States...
Mark Wahlberg's son attacked by a giant octopus
Fossil of 'cat-like' crocodile found in Tanzania

A challenge for you all now; see if you can figure out why I’m linking to this song today:


(Hint: listen closely at around 3.30)