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, September 01, 2013


The unholy trinity of CFZ many, many years ago... Aren't they nice looking lads? 

THE CRYPTODANE: The not so mysterious Gardar skull

In the summer of 1926 a sensation was dragged from the ground at Gardar in southwestern Greenland. An excavation of an old norse/Viking settlement found among other things a piece of skull and half a lower jaw looking so extraordinary it made international frontpage news, was discussed in the scientific journal Nature, and made the leader of the Danish excavation team F. C. C. Hansen describe it as a new species of human that he suggested should be called Homo gardarensis. And one has to admit, that especially the lower jaw looks rather strange. The skull is quite thick and solid, and the jawbone is at least twice the depth of a normal one.

CRYPTOLINK: Volunteers Clear Path to Bigfoot’s Siberian Lair

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.

Azasskaya Cave (archive)

NOVOKUZNETSK, Kemerovo Region, August 14 (RIA Novosti) – You may not find Bigfoot in Siberia, but at least you can access the creature’s alleged stomping ground now that volunteers have cleared the track that leads across the taiga to its believed lair.
The “environmental pathway” to the Azasskaya Cave in the Kemerovo Region is now easy to navigate for tourists visiting the Shorsky National Park, which is home to the cave, district officials said Wednesday.
Volunteers have cleaned the 18-kilometer track of shrubs and fallen trees and set up tables and chairs and a welcome banner for visiting tourists, the report said.
The region has been trying to capitalize on Bigfoot since 2008, when local hunters first claimed to have spotted a giant hairy hominid in the taiga.
Retired heavyweight boxing champion Nikolai “Beast from the East” Valuyev personally joined a search party looking for Bigfoot in 2011.


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 took the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.


Goodness it's Sunday once again,
so I sit down, take up my pen
(or keyboard) and I find the time
to write the Gonzo blogs in rhyme
"Why?" you might ask in bemusement,
it's purely for my own amusement
but enough of this, on with the show
hang on to your seats, it's time to go
We start off with a groovy scene
The Gonzo Weekly magazine
has reached issue #41
now read it, folks, it's lotsa fun!
There is a slight technical blip
for readers who are technically hip
and are used to using Google Chrome
better read this post before you moan
The Gonzo Track of the Day (today)
is not a Gonzo song guys I must say
that it gives us all a good life lesson
which is something that you weren't expectin'
Now lets go to Austin City
where the poems are great and the rhymes are pretty
to meet Thom Woodruffe the World Poet
he's a really great rhymesmith (we all know it)
Each week our cabinet of curiosities
is filled with strange things sent to me,
and I don't have to tell you twice,
this week's stuff is rather 'Nice'
And now I have from me to you
a Barbara Dickson interview
a real exclusive I can say
(you know what I mean WAYHAY!!!"
And whilst on this subject:
Herewith an idiotic comment which appeared from one of my adopted nephews on Facebook:
Matthew H C Osborne: Jonathan, having interviewed Barbara Dickson, do you know her so well?
And that's enough poetry for now
but we'll be back next week (and how!)

*  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 54 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and two very small kittens (one of whom is also orange) 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?

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