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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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Thylacine passes extinction test

People should stop wasting time and money looking for the Tasmanian tiger, according to new Australian research.

Dr Diana Fisher and Dr Simon Blomberg from the University of Queensland's school of biological sciences report their findings in a recent issue of Conservation Biology.

Since the last wild thylacine was captured in 1933, there have been ongoing searches and numerous unconfirmed sightings of the carnivorous marsupial.

But, says Fisher, such efforts are misguided.

"There's been more search efforts for the thylacine than any other mammal globally," she says.

"I think that's just a waste of money."

Read on...

SCOTTIE WESTFALL: Jaguarundis in Florida

I thought you might find this interesting:

Image: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/56/Puma_yaguarondi.jpg/800px-Puma_yaguarondi.jpg

HAUNTED SKIES: Daily Telegraph 4.11.57

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1561 Sir Francis Bacon was born. Bacon was a scientist, philosopher and politician who foolish fools think wrote Shakespeare’s plays.

And now the news:

Fungus blamed in millions of bat deaths
After 12 million years, plant species at risk of e...
Black cockatoos hungry and dying
Cyborg rats tests could fix brain damage in humans...
Math formula may explain why serial killers kill
'Big cat' tests on second Gloucestershire deer car...
Prehistoric bear skulls found underwater in Mexico...
Monkey 'Extinct For Years' Found In Jungle
Rare Sea Creature Appears on Seattle Woman's Dock

Basically, the crackpot argument that Bacon wrote Shakespeare’s plays stems from the fact that in the 19th century snobs couldn’t believe that somebody could be a fantastic writer having attended a grammar school rather than a public school, conveniently ignoring the hundreds of other great authors and storytellers that didn’t have rich parents, either:


JON'S JOURNAL: Home again

We have been away since Sunday, and only got back at some ridiculous hour last night.

For the last week we have been staying with my eldest stepdaughter Shosh at her house in Staffordshire, and have been largely indoors, hence the fact that there have been no updates to this series because I haven't been anywhere to do any significant Nature Study.

When I got home last night I was pleased to see that the big southeast Asian fishtank in my study looks magnificent! It has been looking a little shoddy for some weeks, and when he was here Max suggested that it needed a filter with more ooomph. Said filter was duly ordered and installed last Saturday. When we returned last night it had certainly done its magic!

Just look at this brief clip of Max's Ctenopoma weeksii - otherwise known as the mottled bushfish, an unjustifiably obscure species from the Congo basin. I am really chuffed!