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, December 16, 2014

THE CRYPTODANE: A bridge too far, or too little, or something... (A non cryptozoological interlude)

This has absolutely nothing to do with cryptozoology, but the story is too good not to be told. In the spring of this year, Danish authorities started to do a bit of refurbishing and general maintenance along the Gudenaa River - the biggest river in Denmark - north of the town of Horsens in western Denmark. The main purpose was to make it easier for the local population of trout and salmon to pass through this particular section of the river. One of the things that had to be done, was to remove an earthen dam that had almost completely blocked the river valley for more than 80 years. Nothing to strange about that, but then they diggers started...

Read on...

ESENCIA21: Reviews of the JoC

It has been a while but well, here are the links to the online reviews for the Journal, volume I and II:
This is a link to our blog, mainly on Cryptozoology (national and international):

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:


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.

JOURNAL: Amphibia-Reptilia 35-3

Amphibia-Reptilia 35-3

Bosch, Jaime, Saioa Fernandez-Beaskoetxea, Rick D. Scherer, Staci M. Amburgey and Erin Muths. 2014. Demography of Common Toads after local extirpation of co-occurring Midwife Toads. Amphibia-Reptilia. 35 (3): 293-303. [bosch@mncn.csic.es]

Corbalan, Valeria, Guillermo Debandi, Flavio Martinez and Carmen Ubeda. 2014. Prolonged larval development in the critically endangered Pehuenche's Frog Alsodes pehuenche: implications for conservation. Amphibia-Reptilia. 35 (3): 283-292. [corbalan@mendoza-conicet.gob.ar]

Crescente, Antonio, Emilio Sperone, Giuseppe Paolillo, Ilaria Bernabo, Elvira Brunelli and Sandro Tripepi. 2014. Nesting ecology of the exotic Trachemys scripta elegans in an area of Southern Italy (Angitola Lake, Calabria). Amphibia-Reptilia. 35 (3): 366-370. [emilio.sperone@unical.it]

Dalbeck, Lutz, Joyce Janssen and Sophie Luise Völsgen. 2014. Beavers (Castor fiber) increase habitat availability, heterogeneity and connectivity for Common Frogs (Rana temporaria). Amphibia-Reptilia. 35 (3): 321-329. [l_dalbeck@yahoo.com]

Eniang, Edem A., Nioking Amadi, Fabio Petrozzi, Leonardo Vignoli, Godfrey C. Akani and Luca Luiselli. 2014. Inter-seasonal and inter-habitat variations in the diet of the African Fire Skink, Lygosoma fernandi, from southern Nigeria. Amphibia-Reptilia. 35 (3): 371-375. [lucamlu@tin.it]

Gambale, Priscilla Guedes, Luciana Signorelli and Roerio Pereira Bastos. 2014. Individual variation in the advertisement calls of a Neotropical treefrog (Scinax constrictus). Amphibia-Reptilia. 35 (3): 271-281. [Priscillagambale@gmail.com]

Li, Yongmin, Huabin Zhang, Xiaoyou Wu, Hui Xue, Peng Yan and Xiaobing Wu. 2014. A novel mitogenomic rearrangement for Odorrana schmackeri(Anura: Ranidae) and phylogeny of Ranidae inferred from thirteen mitochondrial protein-coding genes. Amphibia-Reptilia. 35 (3): 331-343. [wuxb@mail.ahnu.edu.cn]

Nali, Renato C., Kelly R. Zamudio and Cynthia P. A. Prado. 2014. Microsatellite markers for Bokermannohyla species (Anura, Hylidae) from the Brazilian Cerrado and Atlantic Forest domains. Amphibia-Reptilia. 35 (3): 355-360. [r_nali@yahoo.com.br]

Petrozzi, Fabio, Edem A. Eniang, Nioking Amandi, Godfrey C. Akani and Luca Luiselli. 2014. Temporal and spatial segregation in an assemblage of Afrotropical subterranean snakes. Amphibia-Reptilia. 35 (3): 345-353. [lucamlu@tin.it]

Vences, Miguel, Philip de Pous, Violaine Nicolas, Jesus Diaz-Rodriguez, David Donaire, Karen Hugemann, J. Susanne Hauswaldt, Felix Amat, Juan A. M. Barnestein, Serge Bogaerts, Abdellah Bouazza, Salvador Carranza, Pedro Galan, Juan Pablo Gonzalez de la Vega, Ulrich Joger, Aziza Lansari, El Hassan El Mouden, Annemarie Ohler, Delfi Sanuy, Tahar Slimani and Miguel Tejedo. 2014. New insights on phylogeography and distribution of Painted Frogs (Discoglossus) in northern Africa and the Iberian Peninsula. Amphibia-Reptilia. 35 (3): 305-320. [m.vences@tu-bs.de]

Werner, Philine, Stefan Lötters and Benedikt R. Schmidt. 2014. Absence of variation in body size of the Alpine Salamander between allotopic and syntopic populations in a contact zone with the Fire Salamander. Amphibia-Reptilia. 35 (3): 361-365. [werner.philine@gmail.com]

Wielstra, Ben, Neftali Sillero, Judit Vörös and Jan W. Arntzen. 2014. The distribution of the Crested and Marbled Newt species (Amphibia: Salamandridae: Triturus) - an addition to the New Atlas of Amphibians and Reptiles of Europe. Amphibia-Reptilia. 35 (3): 376-381. [b.wielstra@sheffield.ac.uk]


Dyer Releases ANOTHER Bad Photo
I posted this stunning example of pure trash in a couple of Bigfoot groups on Facebook and we all had a good chuckle over this. Not one person 

Bigfoot Vocalization Captured In Sierras
I wonder how many people that believe Jesus existed believe Bigfoot exitsts ! I doubt very many if any. Yet there is about a thousand times more proof ...

Finding Bigfoot Stumped by Florida Flir Footage
When it comes to footage, the Finding Bigfoot team usually figures it out. When it comes to the FLIR footage captured by Stacy Brown Sr and Jr in 


The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
Yesterday was a very productive day and I managed to achieve a whole slew of things that I should have done months ago. Let's hope today will be equally productive, because I am desperately trying to clear my desk so I don't have anything to do over the Christmas/New Year period. As I am expecting various mediums, geneticists and singer-songwriters to turn up and burglarise my liquor cabinet, life will be complicated enough without having to factor work into it.
GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Alex Harvey - Next
Wizzard's Roy Wood: I thought Christmas royalties would be my pension
ALAN WHITE OF YES REMEMBERS: John & Yoko’s 1969 “Peace for Christmas” Concert and WAR IS OVER! Campaign
Robert Calvert - Ramblings at Dawn, 1982 Interview
Merrell Fankhauser, Lee Pomeroy, Unidentified Flying Wassnames, René van Commenée, Jon Anderson, Yes, Hawkwind, and Daevid Allen fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#108) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Merrell Fankhauser on the cover talking about his latest project that involves setting music to some apparently alien transmissions from off the coast of Malibu. Doug Harr interviews the legendary Lee Pomeroy, René van Commenée expounds at length on his Desert Island Discs, and also builds a huge musical art machine in the middle of Antwerp, Xtulk declare war on humanity and give away their new single as a Christmas gift, and there are also new shows from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the titular submarine dwellers are back with another episode of Sub Reality Sandwich (except its not). There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and anteaters wishing to snooze (OK, nothing to do with dozy edentates, 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!!!

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!
You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:

* 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/…/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit
* 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 55 who - together with an infantile orange cat 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 infantile orange cat?


ON THIS DAY IN 1773 - Nearly 350 chests of tea were dumped into Boston Harbor off of British ships by Colonial patriots. The patriots were disguised as Indians. The act was to protest taxation without representation and the monopoly the government granted to the East India Company. 

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