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, April 25, 2014

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:


Bigfoot Evidence: Watch this: Yowie Sighting at Cowley Beach, Queensland
Check out this incredible Yowie sighting. A man named Richard was on Military Op's at the Army Training Area near Cowley Beach, as a Medic.

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Today we add the Comecogollos, the Puerto Rican Bigfoot. Nick Redfern offers the most on this cryptid. In an article aptly named Profiling Puerto ...

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This is indeed correct, for all that has been proven to be a hoax is the Bigfoot prop that Rick took on his tour of the US. Indeed, it has been outed as a ...

Silent Calling: A study of the Tennessee Smoky Mountain Bigfoot : Getting Back To The Basics...
I had no previous “Bigfoot researching experience”. All I had to go by was my first encounter that sparked an interest that has become a life changing

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On Monday's edition of “Ask Your Neighbor,” local Bigfoot researcher Matt Seeber told you that a public meeting will be held on Saturday to discuss ...

Bigfoot Evidence: Yosemite's Frazil Ice
Yosemite is so beautiful all around the year. Every time of the year it carries an unique beauty that you can't see another time of the year. Frazil ice 

Bigfoot Tracker News: Rick Dyer Did NOT Kill A Bigfoot
He certainly can't track a Bigfoot because that would require actually going to the forests. Dyer has been quiet publicly but I'm sure he's trying to suck ...

M K Davis Questions The Patterson Film | Bigfoot Research News
... the Patterson footage quite like M.K.Davis has. Over the years he has clearly expressed his views on the Bigfoot in the film as being a real creature.


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. 


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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    The Gonzo Daily - Friday
    It is another glorious Spring day, the birds are singing, the sun is shining, and the pearl bordered fritillaries are out "in good numbers" in the Marsland valley. After two years of faffing about I finally bought a waterfall for my pond and it arrived yesterday. Hopefully it will be installed in the next few days. Today is deadline day for Gonzo Weekly, and the new issue, featuring Hawkwind at Hawkeaster, exclusive interviews with Corky Laing from Mountain and Gary Green (ex Gentle Giant). For details of the current issue see below...
    Drum Legend Terry Bozzio Presents a Solo Musical Performance
    Jack Bruce Moves Past Cream: 'It Was Nice to Have a little reunion'

    The latest issue of Gonzo is out now. It features an exclusive interview with Billy Sherwood about his new solo album, the Prog Collective, and working on the new Yes album. It features exclusive pictures from the rehearsals for the Pink Fairies reunion shows, and episode one of an anarchic new radio show from Jaki Windmill and Tim Rundall and more news, reviews, views, interviews and black wallaroos (OK, no large wallabies of the species Macropus bernardus, 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!!!
    These issues (and the current one) can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
    To make sure that you don't miss your copy of future issues make an old hippy a happy chappy and subscribe
    The complete lineup in this issue is: Jaki Windmill, The Pink Fairies, Tim Rundall, Erik Norlander, Eric Burdon, Rocket Scientists, Michael Des Barres. Galahad, Billy Sherwood, Yes, Rick Wakeman, Geoff Downes, Chris Squire, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, UB40, Captain Underpants, The Who, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Robert Plant, Aretha Franklin, Jethro Tull,Wally Hope, Ashtoreth, TCH, Psychedelic Warlords, Dave Bainbridge,Jack Bruce, Steve Hackett, Valentina Blanca, The Dalai Lama, Black Snow, Shane Gibson, Jesse Winchester, Mick Abrahams, Clearlight, John Greaves, Alain Blessing, Hugh Hopper, Andy Colquhoun, Prog Collective, Clepsydra, The Deviants, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Captain Beefheart, George Harrison, The Beatles, Avatarium, Cold Cold Ground, Dawn of Tears, Unextraordinary gentlemen, Marillion, UK, PFM, Steve Hackett, Three Friends
    *  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 an orange kitten named after a song by Frank Zappa 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 kitten?

    KARL SHUKER: The Perils of Pangolins When Encountering Living Dinosaurs...?

    Karl Shuker reflects on whether pangolins and living dinosaurs could be readily confused with one another. Surely not...?

    Read on...

    ANDREW MAY: Patterson-Gimlin Film: Fake or Fact?

    The subject of Bigfoot – the existence or non-existence thereof – is a complex and thorny one. It’s also a highly emotive subject, as last week’s BBC documentary demonstrated. It’s an emotive subject in Bigfoot’s home territory of North America, anyhow. The strongest reason for believing in something is having seen it with your own eyes... and thousands of Americans say they’ve done just that. People who haven’t seen Bigfoot – and that includes most people on this side of the Atlantic – are more likely to be skeptical: “If you can’t produce physical evidence, then it doesn’t exist.” Personally, though, I prefer to keep an open mind.

    Of the few things that come close to providing “physical evidence” of Bigfoot, the Patterson-Gimlin Film (PGF) from 1967 is among the best known and most thoroughly analysed. I just read a new ebook on the subject – Patterson-Gimlin Film: Fake or Fact? by Larry Jaffer. I hadn’t come across Larry Jaffer before, but he’s written several of these short ebooks under the general heading of “Cryptid Casebook”. Other titles in the series include Bigfoot in Michigan, The Beast of Bodmin and Marozi: Africa's Spotted Lion. These ebooks are short (equivalent to 20 – 30 pages of a printed book) but astonishingly cheap – less than a dollar each!

    Read on...

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1953 Francis Crick and James Watson's paper on the molecular structure of DNA was published.
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