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, April 15, 2012

DALE DRINNON: Doing Scales and Tyler Stone

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:

Tyler Stone has just sent me the following notice:

Okay, after writing on Titanoceratops for a while, something just hasn't felt right. I guess I don't really think cryptozoology and paleontology are a good fit for each other on the same blog. So all my cryptozoology articles are now going to be posted here: http://cryptoanimals.blogspot.com/


Monday morning on the Gonzo Blog and a new, fresh week stretches out in front of us. We have a particularly luscious bushel of postings for you this morning. First up is news about Rick Wakeman's autobiography from its author Dan Wooding:

The next snippet of musical delightfulness is some exclusaive news about Erik Norlander, with a video clip which will both delight and entertain. This guy really is most dseriously good, and I strongly suggest that you check him out:

Next is our old friend Michael Des Barres, who - together with Rob Ayling, our beloved leader - signs a venerable wall of fame in Hollywood:

Apparently I got various things in yesterday's post about Merrell Fankhauser wrong, so here is the man himself with the REAL story of one of the most iconic pieces of music of the last century:

And finally, last (but by no means least) the ever entertaining Wally live in Harrogate with a glorious slice of violin led prog which really is peerless. Check it out:

And that's just about it for today. We'll be back tomorrow...

HAUNTED SKIES: Times (The) 23.3.66.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1889 Charlie Chaplin was born.

And now the news:

Cat hitches a lift beneath car's bonnet
Ibis Jane Goodall Is First Home in 400 years
Coins Feature Rare Australian Birds
Michigan: Black panther sighted in Adrian Township...
Keep and eagle eye out for thieves
Goshawks attack 'odd-coloured' pigeons
Mars Viking Robots 'Found Life'
Hungry snowy owls flock around Vancouver
Chernobyl and Fukushima – No effect on birds?
Bats Save Energy by Drawing in Wings On Upstroke
Toddlers and Chimps 'Go With the Crowd'
Dung Beetle's Poop Preference: Smellier the Better...
Manatee Mystery: Why Can't They Avoid Speedboats?
Wild Turtles Move Closer to International Trade Pr...
Bat on a Plane! Rabies Scare Serves as Warning to ...

Chaplin's Finest hour, this is as true today as it was when he first spoke these words:


JON'S JOURNAL: Fun with Finches

Last Sunday, Corinna, my nephew Ross, Prudence and I went to the monthly bird sale at Northam. I was vaguely looking for a parakeet so, of course, I came back with a pair of Bengalese finches. These are particularly interesting birds because they are not actually a species; they are a long-standing domesticated complex introgressive hybrid of several small southeast Asian seedeaters, including - I suspect – several of the munia tribe. There is actually a mystery here, because as far as I know, no-one has ever investigated the actual antecedence of these pretty little birds, despite the fact that they have been domesticated as caged birds for many centuries.

I bought them because they are pretty, because the two aviaries at the bottom of the garden have been empty for over two years since Jerry the jackdaw died in the unseasonably bitter snows of March 2010, and I bought them because – since I was a little boy – I have always liked the sound of oriental finches. Anyway, they were only a fiver for the pair, and I decided to bite the bullet and enter the wonderful world of finch ownership post haste.

The first night we had them it rained, and sadly the food dish that we had put on the ground was full of water. Graham came up with the idea of putting a glass fish tank on its side on one of the perching shelves so that the birds could both shelter and feed. I was dubious. I thought it would be too complicated a concept for such little brains to handle. But I was wrong, much to my pleasure. As you can see from these trigger camera photographs, it didn’t take long for the little fellows to figure it all out.

Clever birdies!


Is this latest video a man beast? Or is it a "patchy ungulate"? The link below contains analysis and comment from people on both sides of the fence...