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, February 25, 2014

CRYPTOLINK: New Photo of "Dead Bigfoot" Causing Serious Doubt

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. 

So is Rick Dyer's bigfoot corpse the real deal? The answer is as plain as the nose on its face. Bigfoot enthusiast Martin Murphy posted this close-up photo of the underside of the nose of "Hank" which Rick Dyer is touring around the country trying to pass off as the body of a dead bigfoot.

Read on...


What has Corinna's column of Fortean bird news got to do with cryptozoology?

Well, everything, actually!

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. 

CRYPTOLINK: Some People Are Tracking Down The Maker of Rick Dyer's Bigfoot Dummy, And They Are Getting Close

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. 

While the people who made Rick Dyer's Bigfoot dummy will never come forward to claim they made the dummy (obviously due to business reasons), Paul E. and company have been diligently trying to convince one person who claimed he was contacted by someone named "Rick Deer" who asked for a "realistic Bigfoot body that could be put on display and toured". A screengrab of the conversation is below:

Read on...


The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
No interns today so I am able to happily potter about without having to deal with anytrhing much. I am still cream crackered from the weekend, and the fact that there was a continual altercation with Prudence as to who was SUPPOSED to be occupying my side of the bed last night, didn't actually help. Spring seems to have slowly arrived, but despite the very mild winter the spring bulbs are a little later than usual. The two dogs are becoming increasingly territorial, and jump up at the window, barking, whenever anyone walks past. This would be OK if they were both small like Archie, but Prudence is the size and shape of a juvenile pygmy hippo, and I forsee the day when some hapless passer by is greeted by an enormous fat dog in a shower of broken glass like something out of a bad horror movie. It has been suggested that if we put some sort of stained glass in the bottom two panes then the dogs will not be able to see passers by (they never go nutzoid when the curtains are closed) and will start behaving in a well bred and civilised manner. My request for the stained glass pattern from the forthcoming Hawkwind DVD has been politely (but firmly) quashed.
Talking of Hawkwind, there will be lots of photographs and possibly even some video of last weekend's activities in next weekend's Gonzo Weekly. However, there seems to have been somewhat of a problem with the Facebook links to the latest issue of Gonzo Weekly, so please forgive us, and I am posting it again. This issue features an EXCLUSIVE Corky Laing interview, various tributes to the Norse Gods' last battle,Ragnarok, exclusive Hawkwind Space Ritual rehearsals, the return of the mighty Six Foot Three, Clepsydra box set details, news about Hawkwind live this weekend, a pork pie fight, and more news, reviews, views, interviews and packets of fruit chews (OK, no special chewy sweets, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
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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: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html

* 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?


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. 

The worldwide mystery cat phenomenon (or group of phenomena, if we are to be more accurate) is not JUST about cryptozoology. At its most basic level it is about the relationship between our species and various species of larger cat. That is why sometimes you will read stories here that appear to have nothing to do with cryptozoology but have everything to do with human/big cat interaction. As committed Forteans, we believe that until we understand the nature of these interactions, we have no hope of understanding the truth that we are seeking. 

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