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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Saturday, March 10, 2012


In the past few years the tabloid papers have blamed paedophiles, immigrants, and benefit claimants for society's ills. Now they have a new scapegoat. It is the turn of Vulpes vulpes...

They're bigger, bolder and taking over
The Sun
Terrified Tammy Page, 30, from Worthing, West Sussex, had the top of her finger bitten off by a fox that came into her home through the cat flap in January last year. She was left bleeding badly. And five-year-old Marius Rook was also mauled as he ...

BIG CAT NEWS: Another Scottish Sheep kill, and the latest on the Cornish Cadaver

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 in some way by us, so we should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in.

It takes a long time to do, and is a fairly tedious task, so I am not promising that they will be done each day, but I will do them as regularly as I can. JD

Has killer cat claimed a second victim?
John O'Groat Journal

THE discovery of a second sheep carcase which had been stripped to the bone has added to fears that a big cat is roaming the remote areas of the Far North. The gruesome discovery was made by Simon and Jane Foster who were walking along the North ...

Another sheep kill in the far north of Scotland is being blamed on the predations of a mystery cat. Sounds fair enough to me. Several of the newspapers are also carrying the story about the Cornisg carcass that we covered the other day. We are in the process of trying to get hold of this skeleton for our collection, but so far to no avail. The news agency that has handled the story are acquaintainces of ours, and they have contacted the person who has the skeleton on our behalf, but so far we have heard nothing.

However, whatever it is, everyone is agreed that it is not a cat. Of the four people I have contacted so far, one sdays a dog, one says a seal, and the other two say a badger. Danny Bamping (there's a name from the past with which to conjur) says that he thinks it is a badger or an otter. The woman who originally found it thought it was a crocodile!No-one outside the tabloids has any reason to suppose it is a cat.




A really nice blog on Dan Taylor's (not the Dan Taylor who works for the CFZ on friday afternoons) Loch Ness yellow submarine...

HAUNTED SKIES: Daily Mirror 3.3.66

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1952 Douglas Adams, the writer of The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was born today.

And now the news:

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Machine dated at 400 million years found in Russia...
Thrill-seeking German bears snapped hurtling down ...
Wild bear uses a stone to exfoliate
Piglet Found Running Around Hawaii Hotel Lobby: Ha...
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The answer to life, the Universe and everything:


DALE DRINNON: Neanderthal noses, giant catfish and freshwater monkeys

New Article on Neanderthal Noses and the "Bigeye" Effect:

The Part 2 of the Giant Catfish article is also up:

Tyler Stone and I also have an ongoing dialogue about the Freshwater Monkeys theory in two New Articles on His Blog: