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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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

LINK: The Mysterious Death of Nine Campers in Russia's Dyatlov Pass

Thank you to Corinna for finding this particularly chilling mystery from Russia in 1959. Note, if you please, the fact that the tongue of one of the victims was missing. This is a syndrome that occurs across the world and has been linked with man beast and UFO reports...

“If I had a chance to ask God just one question, it would be, ‘What really happened to my friends that night?’” Yury Yudin, expedition survivor.

You may think horror films are creepy, but sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. In 1959, ten normal, healthy cross-country skiers set off on a camping trip in Russia’s Ural Mountains. Nine never returned. When their bodies were finally found, many elements of eerie mystery hung heavily in the air. Three of the individuals had fallen victim to inexplicable crushing injuries. The tongue of one of the others was missing.

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HAUNTED SKIES: Daily Telegraph 29.11.67.


Hi Jon,

Just wondering if you've seen my new Facebook group yet, re new and rediscovered animals? I've sent out invitations to join to everyone at the CFZ. Here's a direct link to it:


All the best, Karl


I have always been impressed by the so-called 'Starchild' skull. I first met Lloyd Pye back in 1999, and was convinced then (as I am now) that he is absolutely sincere. I just think he is wrong. But although I don't believe that the skull is of extraterrestrial origin, it is certainly something of immense importance as this latest evidence suggests:

For 13 years we at the Starchild Project have known the Starchild Skull came from a being that was not entirely human, if human at all. First, it shares no physical characteristics with a normal human skull—none! Unfortunately, this astounding divergence in physical points of comparison never impressed mainstream scientists because they could, and often did, glibly explain all of them away by insisting: Nature can do anything! But that was never true.

Nature actually functions by strict rules that confine life to well-defined boundaries outlined by the unique genetic code of each species. No laws are more firmly established than the laws of genetics. Fifty eye-witnesses can say that a person committed a crime, but if DNA shows otherwise, the witnesses are ignored. DNA dominates in courts because it is the math of biology. It says what it says, again and again, with consistency you can stake your life on.

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Today things are mildly fraught as I rush about getting ready for our trip away, and - as an afterthought - show Graham how to do all the Gonzostuff that he needs to know (and some that he probably doesn't).

Today as always we have lots of nice stuff for you starting off with:

Davey Curtis, our roving reporter from Geordieland follows Hawkwind to Middlesborough, and survives to tell the tale:

We have Jon Anderson live on his US Tour:
And whilst on the subject of the diving Mr A, here is a recent interview which includes a smashing revelation about future plans:

We have a review of Rick Wakeman's new live album:

Some writings from yours truly on the subject of the good Captain Beefheart:

and a candid clip of the mighty Genre Peak in the studio earlier this year:

See you tomorrow for my last bulletin for a while, as I hand you over to Graham for a few days...

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 2010 a capsule from Hayabusa returned to Earth containing particles from 25143 Itokawa.

And now the news:

The trailer for one of several films based on Hayabusa:


CFZ CANADA: Metrosaurus - Toronto Ontario

No, this is not an article about an "incredibly crass looking individual who prides themselves on dressing metrosexually," as defined by the UrbanDictionary. It's about a mostly forgotten creature who was reported to have been sighted off the shore of Lake Ontario more than century ago.

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SHUKERNATURE: Loch Watten's missing monster

I first learnt about the existence of winged cats – which subsequently became an investigative passion of mine - when, as a teenager, I read a fascinating little book by prolific author Peter Haining entitled The Monster Trap and Other True Mysteries (1976).

That same book introduced me to a couple of other subjects that I have since pursued in depth too – the Green Children, and the mysterious mini-mummy of Wyoming.

Ironically, however, the chapter that interested me most of all (and which gave its title to the entire book) was also the one that has mystified me most of all – because, over 35 years later, and in spite of the fact that it is potentially of immense cryptozoological significance, its subject has resisted every attempt made by me to uncover any additional details regarding it. Consequently, I feel that it is now time to give this whole perplexing matter a long-overdue public airing online.

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