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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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Bibliography Herpetological Conservation and Biology -New Issue Announcement

Bibliography Herpetological Conservation and Biology -New Issue Announcement
Volume 5, Issue 2 , September 2010

The Editorial Staff at Herpetological Conservation and Biology is pleased to announce the release of Volume 5(2), the second issue for 2010. Volume 5 is dedicated to the late Henry S. Fitch (1909 - 2009). Topics include the ecology, life history, conservation, and management of amphibians and reptiles. Besides our regular and diverse offerings of a global perspective on herpetology, we are pleased to include the results from the Symposium of the 6th World Congress of Herpetology entitled "Reproduction in Reptiles: from Genes to Ecology." This issue is open access and freely available to anyone interested: http://www.herpconbio.org. The Editorial Staff thanks you for your continued support, and encourages your continued use and participation in the success of Herpetological Conservation and Biology.
Rob Lovich, PhD.
Communications Editor
Herpetological Conservation and Biology

This issue is open access and freely available to anyone interested: http://www.herpconbio.org/.



Palaeontologists believe that other contemporary ceratopsian dinosaurs habitually took the Mickey out of Kosmoceratops richardsoni on account of its stupid looking ‘basin haircut’ and silly horns that droop sideways. At one dig site several examples of Cretaceous graffiti have been unearthed. Translations read “Kosmoceratops mates with meat eaters” and “Kosmoceratops is a wazark.”

Professor Seamus Toddy of Skinningrove University said...

“We think that Kosmoceratops lived with its mum and dad, despite being in its early 30s. It would have collected stamps and shown a keen interest in train spotting; it was also probably a big fan of Star Trek. Even its name is stupid, only dorks are called Kosmo. Kosmoceratops died out because it never had sex due to the fact that it never met any girls. It probably stayed in its cave looking at its large collection of dinosaur nudie mags instead.”

D. R. SHOOP: Chinese Cultural Artefact


McCullough returned from 10 days in Hong Kong yesterday.

She usually brings me a souvenir in the form of a Buddha, which is my preference. I have many little statues in a variety of odd forms from her past travels, as well as my own. This time she brought me a cheap-ass decaled knock off Mao Mug, which I was very delighted to receive.

Apparently the old school Commy gift items have become more rare, so I was more than happy to see it. Tomorrow I will happily drink my coffee from this cheaply made mug (hoping the glaze is not lead-based) and think of Hong Kong fondly.

What does it say?

My best guess is, “Stupid tourist bought this piece of crap”


The music, (and, indeed the title) from yesterday's piece about the swarm of `daddy longlegses` was from the rather excellent Pete Brown, and his band Piblokto who were active in ther aerly 1970s, following the break-up of his earlier band The Battered Ornaments.

I have always been a massive fan of Pete Brown and have seen him live a couple of times in the last twenty years and he has always been magnificent. He is best known as a poet, and lyricist for Cream back in the day, but I have always been a fan of his solo material...

And what has this to do with cryptozoology? You may well ask...

Steve Ignorant is currently on tour playing Crass songs 1977-1984, and I am watching what I can on YouTube. They are gloriously life-affirming and I am so tempted to put some on here, but they are still too tourettes-like for what is essentially a family magazine, and we wouldn't want to be accused of encouraging kiddies to swear would we?


It gives me great pleasure to announce that one of the initiatives that I announced in my Keynote Speech at the Weird Weekend has now come to pass. As of last thursday, The Centre for Fortean Zoology, CFZ Press, and The Amateur Naturalist plus all the other things we do within the realms of both Cryptozoology and Natural History are administered by a Company Limited by Guarantee called "CFZ Natural History Ltd".

A Company Limited by Guarantee is basically a limited company set up not to make a profit, and is the next step to being a charity. There are two Directors: Graham and myself, and as - by law - neither director can benefit financially from the activities of the company, I hope that this will put to bed, once and for all, any accusations of financial impropriety on mine, or Graham's (or indeed Corinna's, because as wife of a Director, she cannot benefit financially either) part. Accounts will be available, as with any other company, from Companies House.


On the 17th August I was happy to announce that Danish Zoologist Lars Thomas had examined hair samples found in Huddisford Woods near Woolsery, and pronounced them to be leopard. I offered the hairs (which were found by Lars, Jon McGowan and a team known as the Four-Teans) to any research group or academic institution who wanted to try and verify Lars's findings. The first person to contact me was Dr Ross Barnett from Durham University who has done DNA analysis on them, and has confirmed that they are Pantherine, probably leopard. He is carrying out further tests to establish the species and subspecies for certain and a full announcement will be made then.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1947 Meatloaf was born:
And now, the news:

Service Seeks Information on Petition To Halt Spre...
Mapping Road Traffic's Toll on Wildlife (Via HerpD...
Vietnam Battles US Invaders (Via HerpDigest)
Star Tortoise Smugglers Shifting Focus to Banglade...
Bizarre New Dinosaur Species Found in Utah
Mouse-eating opossums run amok in Brooklyn
Scientists look at deodorant for New Zealand's sme...
Yob arrested after he bought £1.99 goldfish and th...

I'm glad someone 'sole'-d him out to the police.