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, April 19, 2012

DALE DRINNON: Giants/Benny's Blog/Tyler Stone

I have been having trouble with Blogger recently and it evidently stems from a general Gmail shutdown on Tuesday: My blogger account has not functioned properly the past several days and when I attempt to put up new blogs, both photos and text tends to disappear. I have however managed to get a blog posting in Frontiers of Anthropology to go through:


As noted it is a reprint from the Quarterly Journal of Military Technology and it may be taken down if the author objects. I thought it fit in very well with a topic we have been discussing on the blog for some time now (the use of giant warriors in warfare in Ancient times)

Benny has two more blogs up:


And Tyler Stone has moved his Cryptozoology postings to a new blog
The New Zoology - A Global Study of Mystery Animals

Which (much as my label for Frontiers-of-Zoology) is meant to imply some more flexibility than just being a "Cryptozoology Blog" Tyler has been having some of the same technical problems as I have been having but his two most recent postings are:



With a third part to follow. I should mention that I recently posted an entry on the more "Human" type of Skunk Ape (as opposed to Apelike) and I was very much impressed how strongly some of the witness' drawings resembled the "Iceman"

Best Wishes, Dale D.

PS, I still am not getting all of my emails to come into my inbox yet and I have been cut off from my guest bloggers because of it.


HAUNTED SKIES: Daily Express 7.11.67



Its Friday in Gonzoland, and once again there are some pretty cool things on the Gonzo blog:

First up is an exclusive glimpse at what legendary film-maker Tony Palmer is working on:

And whilst on the subject here is the trailer from one of his earliest films 'All My Loving' (1968) featuring Jimi Hendrix and a smashing performance of 'We're Going Wrong' by Cream:

There is an exclusive slice out of the new live album by Rick Wakeman:

We have a promo video for the new tour by Jon Anderson:

We have another rather groovy collaboration from Mimi Page:

And last, but by no means least, some exclusive screen shots from Michael Des Barres' new video:

This is like being the ringmaster on my very own episode of 'Top of the Pops'. Oh yes, they axed that years ago didn't they...

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1926 Warner Bros and Western Electric publicly announced the new process they had developed called Vitaphone, which would add sound to movies.

And now the news:

Help Sea Watch spot whales in the Pentland Firth
Critically Endangered Grenada dove gets a lifeline...
Doctors fight to save baby with six legs
Chili Pepper Fences Keep Elephants At Bay
Kayaker drowns after coming too close to swan
Finding Minnesota: Minneapolis’ Own Lake Monster
Unknown, Giant Rat Spotted in Texas
Advanced Dinosaurs Rule Alien Worlds? Maybe So, Ch...
USA. Is rare Albatross now colonizing Hawai'i?
Fatty Ears May Help Baleen Whales Hear
Guernsey swift numbers in decline
Expensive bird makes Hoon Hay home
Hawaii Invasive Species: Cargo And Passenger Inspe...
Sweet Healesville boost for rare native bird popul...

One of the first feature films to utilise Vitaphone was Al Jolson's 'The Jazz Singer' (Not that I condone the casual racism here but it WAS the first talkie so there you have it):


BIG CAT NEWS: Again mostly Gloucestershire and 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

Big cat shocker on Berrow beach for Sheri
This is The West Country
“They must have picked up the scent because about 30ft away stood a big cat. It was jet black and it looked like a leopard in shape and size and stood out from the sand. It froze and stared at us. “We waited for our eyes to adjust at first to make sure ...

A Somerset sighting - the first for a while - by a girl named after a Spanish fortified wine. And now more from Gloucestershire:

Fur left behind by 'panther-like animal' to be analysed
This is Gloucestershire

Mount View Drive resident Keith Baker has collected a sample of hair left by a large panther-like animal he thinks may be an elusive big cat. He has passed the fur, collected from barbed wire in the field, to big cat tracker Frank Tunbridge in a bid to ...

And another outing for the story about Scottish police reports:

Police receive 140 big-cat sightings - Environment - Scotsman.com

ALMOST 140 sightings of big cats have been reported to police forces in Scotland over the past five years, the latest figures have revealed.

And back to Gloucestershire.

This is Gloucestershire

FOOTAGE of a beast seen roaming the fields of Winchcombe could be a hybrid species of giant cat. Big cat tracker Frank Tunbridge went to see for himself what was prowling through land around Mount View Drive in Winchcombe. And residents Keith Baker and ...


Essex County cougar finally caught on camera?
Windsor Star
Step aside Bigfoot, take five Nessie, and make way for the Essex County cougar. After the Amherstburg area has been abuzz for weeks with stories about unsubstantiated cougar sightings, the big cat seems to be on the move. But now, Bigfoot-style...

Cougar sightings reach fever pitch
Windsor Star
But now, Bigfoot-style, there are photos. Jim Dufour from South Woodslee thinks he saw a cougar Friday in his back yard. While he was scratching his head trying to figure out what the animal was, it occurred to him to snap some pictures.

Behold, the world's first known "strawberry" leopard

The big, pink-hued cat — which makes its home at South Africa's Madikwe Game Reserve — is affected by erythrism, a poorly understood genetic condition that causes him to either overproduce red pigments or underproduce dark pigments in his coat.

Spain saves endangered European cat
The Magazine

By mageditor
Conservationists in Spain were forced to do something drastic to keep their beloved big cat alive! Conservationists rounded up 100 lynx and have been breeding them in special centers. Now, they're being released back into the wild for the ...

Endangered species: Snow leopard shot dead by villagers in Kashmir
The Express Tribune

Kashmir is home to two of the world's big cats, the common leopard (Panthera pardus) and the snow leopard (Uncia uncia), a cat so secretive few have been privileged enough to get a glimpse of it in the wild. A businessman of the area, Waseem Khursheed, ...

Alleged cougar tracks unconfirmed, Amherstburg cops say
Windsor Star
By Julie Kotsis, The Windsor Star April 18, 2012 7:01 AM Amherstburg resident Whit Tucker says he woke up Monday, April 17, 2012, to discover large "cat-like" paw prints covering his Howard Avenue driveway. He's hesitant to say whether he thinks ...


Hi Jon,

Heather from Atlas Obscura here,

Wanted to let you know about the third annual “International Obscura Day”, (obscuraday.com), a day of unusual local explorations, all over the world, presented by Atlas Obscura, an online travel guide to curious and unusual places. On April 28th, Loren Coleman, from the the International Cryptozoology Museum, will be giving a lecture to mark the 35 anniversary of the Dover Demon investigation.

Thought you and your readers would be interested in it.



Minne Lake Monster 1
Minne the lake monster from Minneapolis, Minn.

This is one lake monster that knows a thing or two about self-promotion -- it uses Twitter and Facebook to let people know where it's going to show up.

Say hello to Minne, the Minneapolis version of the Loch Ness Monster. Sort of.

With summer not too far off, a yearly phenomenon is rearing its long slimy neck out of several Minneapolis area lakes. And it looks remarkably like a famous 1934 photo of what is said to be Scotland's legendary Loch Ness Monster.

But Minne -- sorry to deflate all true monster believers everywhere -- is, in fact, a work of art that made its first appearance in Lake Harriet back in 2009, according to WCCO-TV.

Read on...