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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Thursday, July 03, 2014


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. 

A very peculiar video


Bigfoot hair samples ruled out through DNA analysis
Yeti, Sasquatch, Bigfoot; whatever name it goes by, the wild-dwelling beast-man of local legends still has yet to be proven to exist, according to ...

Bigfoot Hair Samples: The Results Are In
Over the years many people have tried to prove and disprove the legendary creature known as Bigfoot. A group of scientists have decided to use DNA

Bigfoot evidence that's not, mountain lion sightings boom and more: Outdoor Insider
Bigfoot evidence collected by hunters of the big cryptid include casts of what their makers believe to have been bigfoot tracks. (MARCUS SCHNECK)

Bigfoot Has a Bad Hair Day: New DNA Analysis of Multiple Hair Samples Reveals Bear Roots
A new study that came out today in the scientific journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, revealed that Bigfoot hair samples collected across the 

Is this “Bigfoot” ? A Virginia man claims to have captured clear images of the creature
A Virginia man claims to have captured the first “non-blurry” and “clear” images of Bigfoot. Cryptozoology News reports that Randy O'Neal said his ...

Bigfoot hair samples: DNA testing makes big discovery? Analysis finds no proof
Alleged Bigfoot hair samples had believers of the mythical yeti monster clamoring to see whether science might prove Bigfoot does indeed exist.

Bigfoot 'Proof' Refuted: 'Yeti Hair' Is Mainly Bears And Wolves
Eighteen samples supposedly from the North American 'bigfoot' came from bears, racoons, cows, and possibly a wolf. At least one tuft came from a 

Oxford geneticist concludes bigfoot hair samples are actually from wolves, bears and even a human
Samples from "bigfoot" actually came from wolves, bears and various other animals. (File/UPI/Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo). | License Photo. OXFORD ...

Well Hell, Bigfoot must be a cow....moo-hoo!
Study Reveals Biological Identities of Bigfoot, Yeti, Bolstering Case Against Them The Abominable Snowman, Bigfoot, and their ilk are literally a load 

Oxford University DNA Test Breakthrough In Hunt For Bigfoot · Preparations for an expedition are now underway to find Yeti 2nd July 2014 @ 1.45pm

This months BIGFOOT Sighting...Virginia Shoreline
A Virginia man snapped two pictures of what he believes to be Bigfoot. The man was on a fishing trip with a friend when he saw the beast walking ...

Will The Owner Of The Patterson Bigfoot Suit Please Stand Up?
Thinker Thunker is back with another video analysis. This time he talks about the infamous Patty. The alleged Bigfoot that was filmed in 1967 which 

Bigfoot and Sasquatch hairs no match for DNA analysis
The Animal Planet series "Finding Bigfoot" began its fifth season last month, chasing down reported sightings of animals that one star of the show

VIDEO: The most convincing Bigfoot footage ever?
A Virginia man claims to have captured the first “non-blurry” and “clear” images of Bigfoot. VIDEO: Is this the most convincing Bigfoot footage ever

'Bigfoot' Cases Solved, But a New Mystery Surfaces
A Magical Journey Danny Boston
Genetic analysis of hair attributed to Bigfoot found no support for that claim, but hairs linked to the Yeti were determined to belong to a mysterious bear

Bigfoot Hair Samples Mostly from Bears, Wolves.
This is really dangerous science reporting. "After scientists analyzed more than 30 hair samples reportedly left behind by Bigfoot and other related 

Gene testing used in hunt for bigfoot and his cousins
Hair samples said to be from mysterious hominids such as the yeti and bigfoot actually came from horses, bears, goats and canines, genetic testing ...

Scientists Suggest Big Foot May Be a New Bear Species
An Oxford lead research team tested supposed Bigfoot hair and discovered a possible new species of bear.

Is The Media Coverage of the Sykes Yeti DNA Results Missing the Point?
This is a guest post by bigfoot blogger Matt Knapp of bigfootcrossroads.com about how the media is handling the coverage of the Bryan Sykes study ...

Study shows hair samples do not belong to Bigfoot
After analyzing more than 30 hair samples reportedly left behind by Bigfoot, scientists have determined the samples belong to various animals.

Scientists Analyze DNA From Bigfoot Samples
These unidentified primates have many names: yeti or the abominable snowman in the Himalayas, almasty in central Asia, and sasquatch or bigfoot in ...
Genetic analysis of hair samples attributed to yeti, bigfoot and other anomalous primates
Genetic analysis of hair samples attributed to yeti, bigfoot and other anomalous primates. Table 1. Origin and GenBank sequence matches of hair ...


The Gonzo Daily - Thursday

I am in a surprisingly good mood today. The day started well with another sneak preview of a track from the forthcoming Atkins-May project album. It is a complete stonker, and I confidently expect their third album to be their best yet. I truly like the new prog metal approach. Other exciting news comes from Nottinghamshire where a Camberwell beauty was seen the other day. This seems to be the first record in the UK since 2012. For those of you not in the know, this is one of the rarest butterflies found in Britain. The name implies that it comes from Camberwell (like the carrots) but actually this is only where the type specimen was found. L Hugh Newman (one of my great heroes) proved that this is a Scandinavian creature which usually gets imported accidentally with shipments of logs often from Finland, so for one to turn up in Nottinghamshire is a rare thing indeed.
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#84) is here to read or download at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has Mick Abrahams on the front cover and features an exclusive interview with this legendary guitarist who amongst other things founded both Jethro Tull and Blodwyn Pig. It also has a letter from Daevid Allen in hospital, Echo and the Bunnymen live, an archive chat between Tim Rundall and Mick Farren and Keith Levene remembering his days as guitarist in The Clash. There are also new shows from Friday Night Progressive, and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and boxing kangaroos (OK, no pugilistic marsupials, 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!!!
The full list of artists featured is: Mick Abrahams, Yes, Jon Davison, Rick Wakeman, ABWH, Jon Anderson, Allman Brothers, Lana del Rey, Kurt Cobain, Frances Bean Cobain, Prince, Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickinson, Robert Plant, Daevid Allen, Michael des Barres, Hunt Emerson, Keith Levene, Auburn, Liz Lenten, Atkins-May Project, Clepsydra, Renaissance, Galahad, Eric Burdon, Elvis Presley, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Felix Dennis, Eli Wallach, Gerry Conlon, Teenie Hodges, Bobby Womack, Clearlight, Rocket Scientists, Aviator, Ant-Bee, Steve Hillage, Erik Norlander, The Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger, Neil Young, Echo & the Bunnymen, Mick Farren, Hawkwind, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Beatles, Erasure, Osmonds, One Direction, Spice Girls, Ozzy Osbourne, Monkees, Alice Cooper, Weird Weekend, Gazpacho, Subject to Thoughts, The Symphony of Screams, Nine Treasures
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
All issues from #70 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. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
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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 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: Rothschild's Lost Tusk and the Non-Existent Elephant Pig

Karl Shuker reveals the controversial history of a long-lost cryptozoological relic.

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OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today