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, February 27, 2013

DALE DRINNON: Not just Nessie, Bigfoot, Giant sloths and lizardmen

New Links on the Frontiers of Zoology:

Chelonian Conservation and Biology Volume 11, Issue 2 (December 2012)

Chelonian Conservation and Biology
Volume 11, Issue 2 (December 2012)

Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) Burrow Densities in Scrub 
and Flatwoods Habitats of Peninsular Florida                                                                            153
Traci D. Castellón, Betsie B. Rothermel and Saif Z. Nomani

Population Viability Analysis of a Long-Lived Freshwater Turtle, Hydromedusa maximiliani (Testudines: Chelidae)
Shirley Famelli, Sarah Cristina Piacentini Pinheiro, Franco Leandro Souza, Rafael Morais Chiaravalloti and Jaime Bertoluci
Abstract |  

Seasonality of Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) Reproduction at Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles (1980–2011) in the Regional Context of the Western Indian Ocean
Jeanne A. Mortimer

Conservation Status of an Endemic Kinosternid, Kinosternon sonoriense longifemorale, in Arizona
J. Daren Riedle, Philip C. Rosen, Richard T. Kazmaier, Peter Holm and Cristina A. Jones
Abstract |  

Declining Reproductive Parameters Highlight Conservation Needs of Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta caretta) in the Northern Gulf of Mexico
Margaret M. Lamont, Raymond R. Carthy and Ikuko Fujisaki

Notes on the Nest Predation Dynamics of Graptemys at Two Wisconsin Sites Using Trail Camera Monitoring
Gregory A. Geller

Notes on the Nesting Ecology of Ouachita Map Turtles (Graptemys ouachitensis) at Two Wisconsin Sites Using Trail Camera Monitoring
Gregory A. Geller


Mate Selection Based on Genetic Relatedness of Loggerhead Turtles in Captivity
Ken Sakaoka, Makoto Yoshii, Hitoshi Okamoto, Fusae Sakai and Kazuya Nagasawa

Notes and Field Reports

Distribution of Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) Bush Meat Poaching Effort
Ryan C. J. Walker and Tsilavo H. Rafeliarisoa

Road Mortality in the Greater Padloper, Homopus femoralis (Testudinidae)
Victor J. T. Loehr
Abstract |  

Nest Location and Clutch Success of the Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) at Shidvar Island, Iran
Ruhollah Zare, Mahdieh Eftekhar Vaghefi and Stephanie Jill Kamel
Abstract |  

Fluctuating Asymmetry in the Eurasian Spur-Thighed Tortoise, Testudo graeca ibera Linneaus, 1758 (Testudines: Testudinidae)
Raluca Ioana Băncilă, Rodica Plăiaşu, Marian Tudor, Ciprian Samoilă and Dan Cogălniceanu

Increased By-Catch Rates in the Gulf of Taranto, Italy, in 20 Years: A Clue About Sea Turtle Population Trends?
Paolo Casale, Aida Aprea, Michele Deflorio and Gregorio De Metrio
Abstract |  

Each to Their Own: Inter-Specific Differences in Migrations of Masirah Island Turtles
ALan F. Rees, Ali Al-Kiyumi, Annette C. Broderick, Nancy Papathanasopoulou and Brendan J. Godley
Abstract |  

Nesting Ecology and Conservation of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Eron Paes e Lima, Juçara Wanderlinde, Daniella Torres de Almeida, Gustave Lopez and Daphne Wrobel Goldberg

An Investigation of Organochlorine and Polychlorobiphenyl Concentrations in the Blood and Eggs of the Carnivorous Flatback Turtle, Natator depressus, from Queensland, Australia
Maria P. Ikonomopoulou, Mary Hodge and Joan M. Whittier
Abstract |  

Growth in Kyphotic Ringed Sawbacks, Graptemys oculifera (Testudines: Emydidae)
Will Selman and Robert L. Jones

A Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta) Preying on Fish Within a Mixed-Species Feeding Aggregation
Shigetomo Hirama and Blair Witherington

First Report of Callinectes sapidus (Decapoda: Portunidae) in the Diet of Lepidochelys olivacea
Natalie Elizabeth Wildermann and Héctor Barrios-Garrido
Abstract |  

First Report of Turtles from the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan
Jigme Tshelthrim Wangyal, Dorji Wangchuk and Indraneil Das

Commentaries and Reviews

Testes Morphology in Cuora flavomarginata: A Response to Kuchling and Griffiths (2012; Chelonian Conservation and Biology 11[1])
Charles J. Innis

Reply to the Commentary of Charles J. Innis: “Testes Morphology in Cuora flavomarginata
Gerald Kuchling
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Turtle Poetry

A Turtle's Dream
Abbey Lincoln

LINK: Julia Pastrana and Her Tribe by Mark Russell Bell

During the late 1980s I was researching Julia Pastrana, who I had first learned about uponreading one of Frederick Drimmer's books.  I was curious to see what further information was available and obtained photocopies of some of the printed materials about Julia that had been made at the time of her public appearances during the mid-nineteenth century.  I featured the first portion of a Boston playbill in a previous blog article and similar information appears in the Worcester flyer (presented below) that provides a brief account of her life until then.  The Boston playbill also reported about Julia: "She has a thick, heavy skull, and half an inch of flesh over it; a small brain, well-proportioned and capable of being cultivated and improved, like a child's eight years old.  Her disposition is mild and childish."

Read on...


UFO MATRIX is not just a magazine about UFOs, it is also a magazine about the wider implications of UFO Culture. It examines the history and the mystery of the subject in depth, bringing on board the cream of the world's UFOlogical and Fortean researchers. 

Issue 10 brings a new look at the riddle of the Anunnaki, still on the archaeological theme, a new theory about the origins of civiliisation, a world exclusive picture of a Kuwaiti UFO, a major interview with UFOlogist Nick Redfern, Physics for UFOlogists, and columnists including BUFORA and Richard Freeman's World of Sci Fi.

Editor Jon Downes has been a central figure of British paranormal and Fortean research for several decades, and is one of the best known British researchers and authors in the field. Contributors to issue 10 include veteran researchers such as Nick Redfern, Richard Freeman, Malcolm Robinson, Dr Andrew May and Ronan Coghlan. At last a valid UFOlogical magazine for the 21st Century 


In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that whereas the study of out of place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot or lake monsters, it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean zoologist to be interested in. So after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo Corinna has taken the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.


The recovered hard drives have arrived! Yay! However, because I am still not sure of the integrity of this computer they remain untouched until my new computer arrives in a few days. Still in computer news, Corinna's aged computer has given up the ghost, so her hard drive is being slaved into the secondary office computer. My current computer will become the secondary office computer when the replacement arrives. Confused? I certainly am. Yesterday we went for a walk to Powler's Peice and photographed some enormous paw prints. There have been several alleged big cat sightings in the area...
Forgive the shameless plug, but the latest edition of UFO Matrix is available. I am the editor, and we need as many readers as we can get
There are some Yes-related stories to weird for me to have made up. Beam me up Billy.
Another very peculiar story - apparently Jefferson Airplane/Starship have friends in high places

*  The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at  jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...

*  The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link:
* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!

*  Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1964 the Italian government put out an international request for experts to help save the leaning tower of Pisa from toppling over and collapsing. The work on the foundations was eventually completed in 2008.

And now the news:

Superman can be a real git at times: