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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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

DALE DRINNON: Gwiber/Neanderthals/Thelma Todd

New on Frontiers of Zoology,
Deviant Art by Tim Morris (Pristichampsus) which illustrates one of my theories:

On Tyler Stone's Blog,
Part one of a projected three-part series on Neanderthal facial features:

And Benny's blog features some vintage Thelma Todd Ads:

HAUNTED SKIES: Times (The) 20.1.66 (Part Two)


We have another sparkling collection of rock and roll odds and sods for you today on the Gonzo Blog.

First up Judge Smith, one of the founder members of Van der Graaf Generator talks about his album 'Curly's Airships' which amongst other things features Peter Hammill himself:

Chris Thompson, late of Manfred Mann's Earth Band, and a jolly good performer in his own right does what many have attempted - and failed - before. He tackles Bob Marley's 'Redemption Song' and gets away with it. We have an exclusive slice of Video for you:

We have a mightily peculiar French review of Merrell Fankhauser's new album. Even accounting for the vagiaries of Google Translate, I still can't work out whether he likes it or not. I am posting this more out of curiosity than anything else:

Whilst on the subject of Merrell F, here is a much more conventional review (he likes it) and a very cool picture of the man himself:

We also have a French review of 'Orfeas' by Judge Smith (once of Van Der Graaf Generator). It seems other people like this album nearly as much as I do.

And just in case you missed them, here are a couple of ELP related stories bthat I posted last night whilst in a fit of enthusiasm. They include news of Greg Lake's new tour, forthcoming album, and why an ELP reuinion seems rather unlikely:

And whilst we are on the subject of ELP, we take a look at the persistent rumour that Hendrix once recorded with them:

Until tomorrow, th-th-th-that's all folks (unless I get all overly enthusiastic again)

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1937 Sir Frank Whittle preformed the first ground tests of the jet engine.

And now the news:

Corn snake discovered on Dorset footpath
Baby bears learn to fend for themselves
Fish Thriving Around Wind Farms
Eggs of Enigmatic Dinosaur in Patagonia Discovered...
Endangered Blue Butterfly Receives Federal Protect...
Being Bullied Impacts Monkey Immune System
Bat-Killing Fungus Likely Invaded from Europe
For woodpeckers, "thick skull" is no insult. In fa...
Doctors Appalled By 10-Year-Old Giving Birth
Sixty tuatara released onto Auckland island

B-b-b-Bennie and the Jets:



I have just had a peculiar telephone call from a woman claiming to represent The Public Service Review. She claimed that this is some sort of Government sponsored technological publication, and did I want to write for it? After she gabbled on at me for ten minutes I finally managed to get a word in edgeways and asked how much I would get paid. Indignantly she said that she had two pages to fill and that I would have to pay £3,000 per page.

I burst out laughing and said that I wan't interested. She got even more indignant and asked why. I said that I hadn't got £3k a page and put the phone down.

Has anyone ever heard of these shysters? Bloody hell! And they claim that UFO Matrix is unethical!


BIG CAT NEWS: Gloucestershire, Rutland, Scotland

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

Winchcombe 'panther' spotted prowling and snarling
This is Gloucestershire
Mount View Drive residents have been gripped by fear and curiosity since they discovered the "big cat" wandering the fields near their homes. Keith Baker said: "I have seen it at least 10 times. "It is a panther, there are no two ways about it..
There is a picture, but as it is part of a Java slideshow I can't link to it directly without overtly stealing it, so you will have to look for yourself at this link:

help for big cats in spot of bother
This is Leicestershire
Big cats really do roam the British countryside – at least they do on a secluded animal sanctuary tucked away in rural Rutland. Falconry expert Chris Lawton has made a home for rare leopards at the sanctuary he runs on a 42-acre site in Exton, ...

I thought so. On The Track viewers will remember that we went there in November, and I was certain that I had heard a leopard....

Police on the prowl for big cats across Lothian
Edinburgh Evening News
By ALAN McEWEN Crime Reporter A PANTHER spotted in the Edinburgh area and a large feline with a tail “similar to a lion's” have been among the big cat sightings reported to police in the Lothians. Members of the public have alerted the force to a ...

This picture accompanies the interesting article, but I cannot see any information as to where the picture was taken. Do any bloggo readers have an idea on this one?

INAPPROPRIATE CORNER: The Adolf Hitler Toilet Roll

Once again it was Richard Freeman who found this. I sometimes think that he has set himself the task of keeping 'Inappropriate Corner' filled with the most bizarre and..ummm...inappropriate things on the Internet. Today it is the turn of the Adolf Hitler Toilet Roll. Sadly The Metro has already done the 'Turd Reich' jokes, so - as I abhor being seen as a plagiarist - I will have to refrain.

Here you go: