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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Friday, November 08, 2013

CRYPTOZOOLOGY ONLINE: On The Track (Of Unknown Animals) Episode 74

The latest episode of our monthly webTV show from the CFZ and CFZtv, bringing you news on our activities within cryptozoology and natural history as well as the latest cryptozoological, and monster hunting news from around the world. I can't believe that we have done this every month for over six years now - 74 episodes. Golly!

This episode brings you:

CFZ in Autumn
EXCLUSIVE interview with Matthew Townsend who claims to have videod an Austrian Lake Monster
Matthew Townsend's picture
Tasmania expedition
The elephant that walked to Manchester
Deformed ice age deer skull
The Manchester moth
Peppered moth historical research
The world's oldest horse
The huia
Out of place birds
New and Rediscovered: New venomous crustacean
New and Rediscovered: New flying squirrel
New and Rediscovered: New bat
Mother and the animals



Kids At Publicly-Funded Texas School Taught That Hitler Based "Master Race" Idea On Theory Of Evolution

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Though textbook publishers whose books are used in state public schools recently won a battle over whether to include evolution in biology texts, at least one publicly-funded charter school is using a textbook teaching kids that Adolf Hitler got his Nazi master-race beliefs from Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

That textbook, paid for with Texas taxpayer dollars, comes from a Christian fundamentalist group which denies that evolution ever happened and believes that the Earth is no more than 6,000 years old.

According to a report in the online magazine Salon, parent Joshua Bass became disturbed when his son, a student at iSchool High School, a charter school in Houston, brought home a textbook with the following passage:

“[Hitler] has written that the Aryan (German) race would be the leader in all human progress. To accomplish that goal, all 'lower races' should either be enslaved or eliminated. Apparently the theory of evolution and its 'survival of the fittest' philosophy had taken root in Hitler's warped mind.”

The phrase “survival of the fittest” was coined by British philosopher Herbert Spencer in 1864. He used it to describe Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection, which states that life forms that are better adapted to their local environments will survive, while others dies out. This process, according to Darwin, leads species to evolve over time.


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.

  • US SIGHTINGS: KGO 810 - Big Cat Sightings Spike in...
  • US SIGHTING: Lion presence confirmed near ND eleme...
  • NEWSLINK: Wild cat hybrid fad in Calif. concerning...
  • USA SIGHTING: Suspected cougar sighting reported i...
  • NEWSLINK: Ancient Sumerians were the first to depi...

  • NEWSLINK: Wild Cat Hybrid Fad In California Concer...
  • DALE DRINNON: Bigfoot, Big Muddy Monster, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs, Cedar and Willow

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    Best Wishes, Dale D.


    The Gonzo Daily - Friday
    I did three interviews yesterday: Dylan Howe (son of Steve), the son of the notorious King Squealer (who shall remain nameless for reasons obvious to anyone who has ever read Dan Wooding's excellent biography of his Papa, and the irrepressable ShiSho - two charming young ladies from the East Coast of America who sing clever, funny, satirical songs and - to my jaded point of view - provide much better role models for young women than Miley Cyrus ever has done.Apart from that, most of the day was spent finishing the new episode of OTT, which is out this lunchtime. Today I am attempting to buy a second-hand Mercedes, and waiting for the chimney sweep to arrive. What a life, eh?
    Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet
    Jon Anderson on Yes: "I Hope We Get Back Together and Do the Tour Everybody Dreams Of"

    *  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.

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1965 the Murder Act was passed and the death penalty was abolished in the UK. Nowadays most civilized countries have passed similar acts abolishing state-sanctioned murder.

    And now the news:

  • Ants, Like Humans, Can Change Their Priorities
  • Sea lion swipes fish right off the dock
  • Residents report sightings of “El Chupacabra”
  • Infected Butterflies Lead Geneticists Up the Garde...
  • Rare tiny mollusc found after 72 year hiatus
  • Some Endangered Species Actually at Low Risk
  • Deer Stuck On Roof Is No Rudolph (VIDEO)
  • Grab the vacuum: Ladybugs overwhelm parts of U.S. ...
  • Somerset badger cull fails to meet target, Defra a...
  • Feeling Blue: Gender-Bending Lady Lizards Miss Out...
  • Pronghorn Adapt to New Animal Overpasses
  • Hedgehogs given GPS 'backpacks' to boost survival ...
  • Orphaned otter cubs found at Thurso beach
  • Giant Armadillos found to be ecosystem engineer
  • Extinct 'Megamouth' Shark Species Finally Identifi...

  • Genetic Study Demonstrates Israel's Wild Boars Ori...

  • One of the cases that lead to the abolition of the death penalty was the case of Timothy Evans who was hanged for the murder of his wife and baby daughter in 1950. Current thinking is that Evans's family was murdered by serial killer John Reginald Christie in the house they shared in 10 Rillington Place and as that is the crime he was charged for, he should not have been hanged. Anyway, there is an Irish folk song about Timothy Evans; listen to it here: