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, March 15, 2012

BIG CAT NEWS: Rutland weekend cat-o-vision

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 in some way by us, so we should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in.

It takes a long time to do, and is a fairly tedious task, so I am not promising that they will be done each day, but I will do them as regularly as I can. JD

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Leighton Buzzard Today

Following a spate of sightings, we've created an interactive map where you can see exactly where these giant moggies have ben spotted. Cougar, panther or over-fed tabby, our readers are adamant these beasts have been spotted.

Another story about the interactive map showing cat sightings in Bedfordshire, followed by a sighting of a 'lynx' in my mother-in-law's home town of Oakham. By the way, ignore all the horrible prejudices one has against mothers-in-law: my one is delightful...

'Lynx' spotted in Brooke Road, Oakham
Rutland Times

A MAN and his daughter say they spotted a “big cat” in a garden on Monday. John Bangs, 51, who runs a cleaning and maintenance business, says he saw the large cat-like animal at 6.15pm in his back garden in Brooke Road. His daughter Hayley, 28, ...

HAUNTED SKIES: Daily Telegraph 11.8.66.


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1900 Sir Arthur Evens purchased the land around Knossos in Crete and started to excavate and reconstruct the Bronze Age Minoan settlement there, which some people link to the legend of the Minotaur.

And now the news:

Tree Rex: 'Dinosaur' discovered in Norfolk (via Li...
Increased Honey Bee Diversity Means Fewer Pathogen...
Suspected outbreak of potentially fatal 'parrot fe...
Wildlife criminals on camera
Common North American frog identified as carrier o...
Moose on the loose in Northwest Alberta (via Chad ...
Major US supermarkets say no to Ross Sea seafood
Prongwort discovery 'unique' to the Highlands
Artwork brings rare birdsong into heart of city
Bloodhounds hunt down Congo's elephant poachers
Rare gull deaths 'a deliberate killing'
Vandals attack Water's Edge nature reserve
Babysitting birds

The legend of the Minotaur (abridged version with the filth taken out for family audiences):


DALE DRINNON: Freshwater monkeys, Giant Snakes and Atlantis

New at the Frontiers of Anthropology,
A Gravity map indicates an anomaly at the bottom of the North Atlantic:

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:
Another possible sighting of a FW Monkey in Kentucky:

And a report on Giant Snakes in New Mexico:

And also an associated posting on Tyler Stone's blog concerning a possible fossil forerunner to the Freshwater Monkeys: