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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Saturday, October 26, 2013

FROM LARS THOMAS' ARCHIVES - Don't we all look young!


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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    Here be monsters!

    Chelonian Conservation and Biology 12(1)

    Alcântara, Aderson de Souza, Daniely Felix da Silva and Juarez Carlos Brito Pezzuti. 2013. Effects of the hydrological cycle and human settlements on the population status of Podocnemis unifilis (Testudines: Podocnemididae) in the Xingu River, Brazil. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 134-142. [ ad06_alcantara@yahoo.com.br]
    Böhm, Stephan. 2013. Notes on short-term movements and dietary spectrum of the Twist-Necked Turtle, Platemys platycephala (Testudines: Chelidae) in the Nouragues Reserve, French Guyana. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 112-118.
    Bulte, Gregory, Ryan R. Germain, Constance M. O'Connor and Gabriel Blouin-Demers. 2013. Sexual dichromatism in the Northern Map Turtle, Graptemys geographica. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 187-192. [ gregory_bulte@carleton.ca]
    Ennen, Joshua R. and A. Floyd Scott. 2013. Home range characteristics and overwintering ecology of the Stripe-Necked Musk Turtle (Sternotherus minor peltifer) in middle Tennessee. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 199-203. [ scotta@apsu.edu]
    Ferronato, Bruno de Oliveira, Carlos Ignacio Piña, Freddy Cochachez Molina, Renato A. Espinosa and Victor R. Morales. 2013. Feeding habits of Amazonian freshwater turtles (Podocnemididae and Chelidae) from Peru. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 119-126. [ brunoferronato@hotmail.com]
    Fielder, Darren. 2013. Ancient phenotypes revealed through present day species—A morphological analysis of Australia's Saw-Shelled Turtles including the threatened Myuchelys bellii (Testudines: Chelidae). Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 101-111.
    Gerlach, Justin, Gérard Rocamora, Julie Gane, Kevin Jolliffe and Linda Vanherck. 2013. Giant Tortoise distribution and abundance in the Seychelles Islands: Past, present, and future. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 70-83. [ jstgerlach@aol.com]
    Huebinger, Ryan M., John W. Bickham, Anders G. J. Rhodin and Russell A. Mittermeier. 2013. Mitochondrial DNA corroborates taxonomy of the South American chelid turtles of the genera Platemys and Acanthochelys. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 168-171. [ ryan.huebinger@utsouthwestern.edu]
    Lambert, Max R., Sharell N. Nielsen, Amber N. Wright, Robert C. Thomson and H. Bradely Shaffer. 2013. Habitat features determine the basking distribution of introduced Red-Eared Sliders and native Western Pond Turtles. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 192-199. [ max.lambert@yale.edu]
    LeDain, Melanie R. K., Sarah M. Larocque, Lauren J. Stoot, Nicholas A. Cairns, Gabriel Blouin-Demers and Steven J. Cooke. 2013. Assisted recovery following prolonged submergence in fishing nets can be beneficial to turtles: An assessment with blood physiology and reflex impairment. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 172-177. [  alarocque9@gmail.com]
    Lescher, Timothy C., Jeffrey T. Briggler and Zuleyma Tang-Martinez. 2013. Relative abundance, population structure, and conservation of Alligator Snapping Turtles (Macrochelys temminckii) in Missouri between 1993–1994 and 2009. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 163-168. [ timlescher@hotmail.com]
    Liu, Yu-Xiang, Christina M. Davy, Hai-Tao Shi and Robert W. Murphy. 2013. Sex in the half-shell: A review of the functions and evolution of courtship behavior in freshwater turtles. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 84-100.
    Ly, Tri, Huy Duc Hoang and Bryan L. Stuart. 2013. Occurrence of the endangered Keeled Box Turtle, Cuora mouhotii, in southern Vietnam. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 184-187.
    Meylan, Anne B., Peter A. Meylan and Cristina Ordoñez Espinosa. 2013. Sea turtles of Bocas del Toro Province and the Comarca Ngöbe-Buglé, Republic of Panama. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 17-33. [ anne.meylan@myfwc.com]
    Miorando, Priscila Saikoski, George Henrique Rebelo, Marina Teofilo Pignati and Juarez Carlos Brito Pezzuti. 2013. Effects of community-based management on Amazon River Turtles: a case study of Podocnemis sextuberculata in the lower Amazon floodplain, Para, Brazil. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 143-150. [pri.miorando@gmail.com]
    Mortimer, Jeanne A. and Rainer G. von Brandis. 2013. Mortality of adult Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) at the nesting beaches of Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 151-157. [ mortimer@ufl.edu]
    Pignati, Marina T., Luana F. Fernandes, Priscila S. Miorando and Juarez C. B. Pezzuti. 2013. Hatching and emergence patterns in the Yellow-Spoted River Turtle, Podocnemis unifilis (Testudines: Podocnemididae), in the Várzea floodplains of the lower Amazon River in Santarem, Brazil. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 127-133. [marinateofilo@yahoo.com.br]
    Rasoma, Rahantavololona Vonimanitra Juliana, Achille P. Raselimanana, Yedidya R. Ratovonamana and Jörg U. Ganzhorn. 2013. Habitat use and diet of Astrochelys radiata in the subaird zone of southern Madagascar. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 56-69. [ julianavony@gmail.com]
    Rees, Alan F., Ali Al Hafez, Jane R. Lloyd, Nancy Papathansopoulou and Brendan J. Godley. 2013. Green Turtles, Chelonia mydas, in Kuwait: Nesting and movements. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 157-163. [ arees@seaturtle.org]
    Reyes-Velasco, Jacobo, John B. Iverson and Oscar Flores-Villela. 2013. The conservation status of several endemic Mexican Kinosternid turtles. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 203-208. [ jacobo@crotalus.com]
    Roe, John H., Patricia R. Clune and Frank V. Paladino. 2013. Characteristics of a Leatherback nesting beach and implications for coastal development. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 34-43. [ paladino@ipfw.edu]
    Seminoff, Jeffrey A. 2013. Celebrating CCB's Past and Looking to the Future. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 1.
    Snape, Robin T. E., Damla Beton, Annette C. Broderick, Burak A. Çiçek, Wayne J. Fuller, Özge Özden and Brendan J. Godley. 2013. Strand monitoring and anthopological surveys provide insight into marine turtle bycatch in small-scale fisheries of the Eastern Mediterranean. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 44-55.
    Steinbeck, John. 2013. The Turtle. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 209.
    Sterling, Elenor J., Katherine W. McFadden, Katherine E. Holmes, Erin C. Vintinner, Felicity Arengo and Eugenia Naro-Maciel. 2013. Ecology and conservation of marine turtles in a central Pacific foraging ground. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 2-16. [ sterling@amnh.org]
    Wang, Jian, Hai-Tao Shi, Cheng Wen and Lian-Xian Han. 2013. Habitat selection and conservation suggestions for the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in the Upper Red River, China. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 177-184. [ coura.jian@gmail.com]

    Courtesy of ZenScientist

    INAPPROPRIATE CORNER: Someone On eBay Is Selling Amazingly Bad Erotic Drawings Of Hitler And The “EastEnders” Cast


    "Hitler's Self Pleasure".


    Another blast from the past, another volt from the vault, another… (that`s enough jollity for one blog!)

    Here is a story titled GIANT SPIDER HUNT. Webs 10-ft long in Warehouse at Liverpool.

    A dockside worker has had a weird experience in a warehouse where a large consignment of rubber from Para (the Brazilian seaport on the Amazon) was recently stored , wires the Liverpool correspondent of the Daily Chronicle. Shortly after the arrival of the rubber he discovered what looked like several net hammocks.

    With the aid of a lamp he investigated, and found webs with a filmy mesh about two feet broad and from six to ten long. Brushing them down, he was stopped in alarm by “eyes peering from a hole in the wall.” Unnerved by his experience, he ran from the warehouse and told his story to some of his comrades. They returned with him in time to start a chase of what they declare to have been a gigantic spider, evidently brought in the rubber cases from the Amazon. The chase was an exciting one, but the spider escaped, the boxes of rubber impeding his would-be captors (1)

    1. The Straits Times March 11th 1921 p.10

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