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, October 27, 2011

GLEN VAUDREY: Whole Wide World #21

21. Belize
Today we find ourselves in the only country in Central America where the official language is English; hardly surprising when you consider that until 1981 Belize was called British Honduras. Aside from this change of name, what else do we know about the country? Well, there are reports of a cryptid: the Sisemite.

The Sisemite is at first just another example of one of those large mystery primates that seem to be found in the depths of unexplored forests. In 1915 author George Gordon would write about the creature that it was said to be taller than a man, with hair so matted that it was capable of stopping a bullet. The creature was also said to be able to reverse its feet and leave a misleading track for any hunter trying to follow it. Certainly many supernatural creatures have feet that face the wrong way but if this creature has its basis in fact could it be that the Sisimite is not a primate at all, nor a hominid; could it be founded on memories of the ground sloth?

Weird, unknown animal species found in Ahmedabad



IMPERIAL WOODPECKER (Courtesy of Chad Arment)

Cornell has released online a video that is the only known photographic record of the presumed extinct Imperial woodpecker:

HAUNTED SKIES: A sighting report from October 1970


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1948 Paul Müller was awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery of DDTs insecticide properties. Unbeknownst to him this would have consequences in poisoning creatures further up food chains resulting cancer and the near extinction of many bird species.
And now the news:

Face-To-Face With an Ancient Human
Chequered Skipper – Rare butterfly numbers double ...
Reindeer pant to stay cool in fur coats
Loving the Chambered Nautilus to Death
Urgent need for action to save polar bears
Bay of Plenty oil disaster: Rare birds dying in th...
Bat killer cause confirmed as fungus (via Dawn Hol...

The bald eagle was one of the species nearly wiped out by DDT:

DALE DRINNON: The Saga of Sundaland continued

Another New News Item on the Frontiers of Anthropology blog, continuing the Saga of Sundaland and the Survivors that went out of it: