At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.

Wednesday 11 November 2015


In my book The Fairy Realm I took a look at the question of wild hominids in Europe and was rather surprised to discover so many legends of them.  An additional report, which I had not heard of at the time, came from 19th Century France.  A man was carried off by a "forest man" (homme des bois) near Briançon.  The wildman took him to his cave where his family dwelt, but the abductee in due course escaped. (Source: J. Cutchin A Trojan Feast, San Antonio, 2015: p. 55).

Wildmen exist in traditions or in modern reports in Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Russia, Croatia, Sweden, Norway, Poland and Germany.  There are probably reports from elsewhere as well.  In 1661, for example, a creature described as a "bearman" was captured in Lithuania.

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