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, April 07, 2012

DALE DRINNON: Frontiers of Anthropology/Benny's Blog

New on the Frontiers of Anthropology:
Two articles held over while the guest bloggers were getting in order
And on Benny's blog, a piece about the "Fascinating Youth" of the Charleston age:

CFZ CANADA:Sasquatch from the Bottom Up part 3: A Sexy Beast

Little is known of the how the bigfoot begets. Some witnesses claim they have firsthandknowledge of his technique, but nothing has come to light that is reliableevidence. What is indisputable, however, is that there can’t be just one. Read on...

JAN EDWARDS SENT THIS (As she points out, they are jackdaws not ravens)


LINDSAY SELBY: Who are the monsters?

Cryptids are often referred to as monsters, as in The Loch Ness Monster, The Fouke Monster and so on. I for one would love to see that Nessie has been found. But then, would I? What would happen if Nessie or any other creature were found?

Well, it could be kept secret I suppose (conspiracy theorists in the past have claimed that governments know the creatures exist but it has been covered up. More likely, though, a media circus would ensue. The poor creature would be placed on display in some special zoo or facility. Any of its fellows would no doubt similarly be hunted, captured and displayed. It would make a great deal of money for the owner of the facility.

(My first thought would be 'Has no one seen
King Kong?' Large creatures are notoriously difficult to keep contained.) This to me would make us the monsters. To degrade a creature in this manner; make it a show or a display; takes away its freedom and its rights. The answer would be to see it is protected by law and its habitat is kept from development. A camera feed could be set up so people could catch glimpses of it as it went about its daily life but visitors would be banned.

A cryptid is a wonder, not a monster, and it deserves to be treated with respect. Should any be found I hope it is remembered that it is a living thing not an exhibit.

If someone does manage to clone a mammoth or any other extinct species, it should also be entitled to the same. A woolly mammoth does not belong in this era of time and should be placed in a habitat as near to its original as possible and allowed to live out its allotted span in peace.

The so-called monsters created by scientists recently such as goats crossed with spider DNA and huge ants, are not monsters either. The monsters are those that made them. They did not ask to be made freaks of nature but no one treated them with the respect they deserved, and said do not to tamper with them.

I truly hope that if such irrefutable evidence be found of a cryptid, that we have the sense to leave it alone and maybe just set up cameras for those who insist on seeing for themselves. Humans will always be the monsters until they treat creatures with respect.


We have some jolly nice surprises for you all on today's Gonzo blog. First up is Michael Des Barre, and we are still exploring the groovy rock'n'soul hybrids of the mid-1960s:http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/04/michael-des-barres-and-beat-goes-on.html

We have a sneak preview of Mimi Page's new release with Bassnectar: http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/04/mimi-on-bassnectar.html (BTW we shall be talking to Mimi later in the week, and we will also have an exclusive still from her new video).

We have an exclusive track from the Chuck Berry volume in the increasingly groovy 'Lost Broadcasts' series, together with some musings about how certain aspects of Chuck's modus operandi appear - on the showing of this vid at least - to be mythological: http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/04/chuck-berry-lost-broadcasts.html

And finally we have a jolly good review of the fabbo new album from Judge Smith: http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/04/judge-smith-another-great-review-for.html

Happy Easter....

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1820 the Venus de Milo was discovered on the island of Melos. Her arms were never found.

And now the news:

Help to Save the World's Only Poisonous Primate
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Banned Antibiotics Found in Poultry Products
Maasai Mara lion killed during Maasai 'initiation ...
Rabbits 'threat' to the Storr on Skye
Drawing Connections Between Food Webs: Universal T...
Beauty in the Beast: Exhibit Shows Off Animal Insi...
Snake Pops Out Of Plane Dashboard During Flight (V...
Fiji fishing experiment – It doesn’t take long to ...
Ducklings signal hope for world’s rarest bird
Though there was a will, Fifth Third found a way t...
Worth More Alive III

The absence of upper limbs on the Venus de Milo has created some debate over the years; this was Buddy Holly’s theory:


HAUNTED SKIES: Times (The) 19.4.66.jpg



Easter Saturday on the Gonzo blog and there are all sorts of goodies for you...

First up: Michael Des Barres sings the blues and Jon muses about the mid-1960s blues boom here in the UK: http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/04/michael-des-barres-hoochie-coochie-man.html

Then two postings about the ever-lovely Mimi Page. MiMi vs Radiohead - She wrote to us yesterday, all excited, and that got us excited. http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/04/mimi-page-wrote-last-night.html
Bassnectar talks about Mimi

Then a space rock Easter egg hunt, as Graham delves into the links between Robert Calvert's poems and Hawkwind's song 'Spirit of the Age'. Features no less than three video clips, two of which are exclusive to us:

There are no less than three links to Merrell Fankhauser reviews: http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/04/link-singled-out-merrell-fankhausers.htmlhttp://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/04/link-merrell-fankhauser-best-of-review.htmlhttp://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/04/link-merrell-fankhauser-best-of-review.html

And another reviewer agrees with us that Wally are pretty bloomin' marvellous:
Th-th-th-that's all folks (until tomorrow)

DALE DRINNON: The Platypus Problem (Lisa Hardcastle), Petroglyphs, Benny's Blog, Cedar & Willow

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:
Guest Blogger Lisa Hardcastle:

Some interesting Petroglyphs from the Northwest Coast area:

Benny also has some "Thelma or Not?" photos on his Blog:

New at Cedar And Willow
Because I have been asked for more of an explanation, I have updated the Background entry and given more information about some of the secondary characters rather than to go on and finish the next-scheduled entry (Which was to have involved the Hapgood Poleshifts and the Dancer-through-Time)

Best Wishes, Dale D.