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, October 22, 2013

Body of unknown animal found near Worthing baffles experts

Mystery animal found near Worthing has baffled expertsMYSTERY surrounds the discovery of a skeleton found in a field near Worthing which has baffled experts.
Jodie Salmon, 23, of Collingwood Road, Goring, was walking her dog near Chanctonbury Ring on Thursday, when she made the grizzly discovery.
Upon showing it to friends, speculation grew it could be a big cat.
She said: “At first, I thought it was a snake, but when I looked closer, I thought it could be a big cat.
“I am not sure how big it was, but would guess between five or six feet long.

RICHARD FREEMAN: Its a carnivore of some form. Look closely and you can carnassial (shearing ) teeth and a sagittal crest on the skull. The lower jaw looks slightly prognathus with the lower cainines protruding. My guess is a mastiff.


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 by us in some way, so we are publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. In September 2012 Emma Osborne decided that the Mystery Cat Study Group really deserved a blog of its own within the CFZ Blog Network.

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    The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
    Yesterday evening was the sort of one that I very seldom have these days. I sat down with 'Number of the Beast' by Robert Heinlein, listened to a succession of Roger Waters albums and drank far too much wine. Absolute bliss! Earlier in the day Mark Raines came over for a social visit, and then Richard and I watched the contentious first part of the bigfoot series featuring Prof. Bryan Sykes.
    He and his team should be congratulated: there is certainly an unknown bear of some description in the region, and they have come a good deal closer to identifying it than anyone has before. However, just because two samples (out of four, if I remember right) turned out to be ursine, does not mean that there are no other mystery animals (including primates) in the region. Remember also that of the witnesses cited, Reinhold Messner (who looked remarkably like a Jethro Tull roadie) always believed that what he had seen was a bear. The French explorer believed that the carcass from which he took hair samples was a bear, and the badly stuffed Nazi "yeti" was definitely a bear, so the people who thought that they had encountered a bear actually did so! The only local 'witness' interviewed hadn't actually seen the creature for himself, and was just working off a theory of what might have killed his livestock. So, as I said, congratulations to Bryan and the team - a new, or partly new bear species or subspecies is no mean feat.
    However, to extrapolate from this evidence that there is no such thing as a mystery ape in central Asia, especially when any cryptozoologist worth his salt will tell you that these creatures are hardly ever seen above the snowline (where there would be very little for them to eat) and are reported from the forested valleys in the foothills of these mountains across a vast swathe of Central Asia from the Caucasus mountains to Western China, involves a leap of faith and a paradigm shift that I, for one, simply cannot accept. The story of the yeti will continue yet awhile.
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    *  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, and sometimes a small Indian frog. 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?


    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.

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