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.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

NEW SPECIES OF FROG DISCOVERED

Named after the Amazons.

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MAGIC LORE OF BIRDS

Magical beliefs are associated with our feathered friends.



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THE FAERIE DANCE

A look at belief in dancing fairies.



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CHEROKEE LITTLE PEOPLE

Do they actually exist?

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GIANT HUMAN SKELETONS

Where are they to be found?



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JUNJUDEE - DIMINUTIVE HUMANOIDS

These creatures are said to be found in Australia.




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MYSTERY REPTILES

A selection of mysterious creatures.

Cockatrice fights weasel


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DID AUTHORITIES REMOVE BIGFOOT BODY?

Is there a conspiracy afoot?




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SEWER MONSTERS THROUGH THE AGES

Alligators, Black Swine, Giant Octopus.



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ABDUCTION IMPLANTS AND TRAUMA

A look at alleged results of alien interference with humans.



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Saturday, 21 July 2018

EARLY REPORTS OF THE YOWIE

Taken from newspapers.



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LA PALMA GIANT LIZARD

Does it still survive?

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IS BIGFOOT A DENISOVAN?

Could this be the identity of Bigfoot?




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BIGFOOT IN CANADA

Reports about the sasquatch.



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DID WOMAN CONTROL MOUNTAIN LION BY TELEPATHY?

A woman claimed she made a mountain lion leave her house by mental command.



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MYSTERY CREATURES OF HONDURAS

An article on the mystery creatures of this Central American nation.  [Article in Spanish]

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DINOSAURS UNDERESTIMATED

They may not have needed to eat so many leaves.

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ROSWELL CRASH SITE

Anomalous metals found in vicinity.



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DISCOVERY OF THE OKAPI

A news report from 1910.  The okapi was one of the earliest cryptids to be discovered in modern times.  Experts had scoffed at its possible existence.



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LIZARD MAN

Nick Redfern outlines the case of this creature.




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MONSTERS OF NOVA SCOTIA

A look at the monsters of this Canadian province.



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BIGFOOT ENCOUNTER IN OREGON

It happened to a woman living on a  "secret beach".



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WAS THIS BIGFOOT?

Did Bigfoot try to interfere with camera? [includes video]




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BIGFOOT TRACKING AT TRUSSVILLE

Campers on the trail.




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SPRING-HEELED JACK

A strange being of 19th Century England.



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TERRIFYING HUMANOID IN BEDROOM

A frightening encounter.

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Friday, 20 July 2018

SQUIRREL PHOTOGRAPHED ON MARS?

Is this genuine?  Could NASA have put it there?




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ARE THESE PHOTOGRAPHS OF FAIRIES?

What do you think?



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BEWARE OF THE CROWS

A census of attacks by corvids.



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TWO EXTRAORDINARY STORIES

Watch this video and see what you think.

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SKELETON OF UNKNOWN BIRD

Quite a large one, too.  It's at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

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BIGFOOT IN OHIO

Episode on a country road.



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BIGFOOT ATTACK

Story from Ohio.



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CAMP ENCIRCLED BY BIGFOOT

An unnerving experience.



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ON THE TRACK

Episode 92 of the CFZ web tv show.


Includes Orang Pendek, Dog-Headed Men, Mexican Wolves, Strange Beetles, Texas Blue Dog, watcher of the Skies, New and Rediscovered.

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DOGMAN IN THE WOODS

Encounter in Tennessee.



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MOUNTAIN SCREAMS

Someone who heard them relates an extraordinary story.

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DO ELEPHANTS NEVER FORGET?

Do they really have good memories?



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Thursday, 19 July 2018

PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK - IS IT TRUE?

The novel, dealing with the mysterious disappearance of Australian girls, has been generally pronounced fiction,  but some have asserted it is based on true events.  This has become a subject of especial interest due to the television series now playing.




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Another article on this subject.



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A further article.



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MONSTER OF LAKE BAIKAL

Lake Baikal is a lake of mystery.



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WHAT WAS THE WHITE THING?

It remains a mystery.  It was a mysterious humanoid in Pennsylvania.

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AMUR LEOPARDS HIGHLY ENDANGERED

Perhaps as few as 84 left in China and Russia.



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BEAST OF BALD MOUNTAIN

A very creepy tale.

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WAS THIS DOGMAN FOOTAGE?

Has Dogman been filmed?



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BIGFOOT IN OREGON

Report from the north-west.



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SHOULD YOU STAND UP TO DOGMAN?

Some speculation on Dogman behavior.



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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

DO ELEPHANTS FEAR MICE?

On the face of it, why should they?  It is not as though they feel a mouse is going to beat seven bells out of them.  If you haven't noticed, there is what may be termed a disparity in size between them.  But there is some evidence that elephants are not altogether happy in the company of mice.  The idea that elephants fear mice is as old as Pliny.  What can cause this?

I would suggest the answer t o this is simply that elephants get startled by the swift movement of mice.  Mice don't simply run or climb, they dart.  Things that dart may dart from fear , but darting can also be the action of a predator, shooting in to make his kill.  Of course, there is no danger of a mouse preying on an elephant, but, because of something in their evolution, elephants may have developed a reaction to all darting, whether of large or small animals, and this is carried over to the darting mouse.

Of course, the fear of mice (murophobia) is not uncommon among humans.  I suggest this has its origin, not only in the darting mouse, but in the naked tail.  Humans seem to have an inbuilt repugnance to animals with naked tails.  Rats and squirrels are not dissimilar, but humans tend to find the naked-tailed rat repugnant, but the furry tailed squirrel charming.  Why should humans be put off by naked tails?  I think the answer may lie far back in human ancestry.

Well, enough of this speculation.  Time to get on with today's blog.                            




P.S.  My 17th Century fellow Irishman, Dr Moulin, harbored the suspicion that elephants might fear mice would crawl up their trunks and suffocate them.



MAN-BAT OF WISCONSIN

A somewhat scary encounter with this creature was reported from
Wisconsin in a book by Linda Godfrey (Monsters of Wisconsin, 2011).  A father and son were driving in La Crosse when this creature landed on the hood of their car.  It flew upward with a scream.  It was about 6' in height.  The pair in the car suffered from sickness for a while afterwards.  Were they allergic to the bizarre creature?  They also reported pounding on the door of their house, not to mention rattling of the doorknob, for some time.  What are we to make of these vespertilian creatures, which seem to keep turning up with some regularity?  Could the illness have been some kind of reaction to gases released by penetration of an interdimensional barrier?  Could it merely have been caused by some kind of allergy to the bat or some contagion carried by it?  Surely it is about time somebody investigated these animals with a view to discovering their provenance?

On the other hand, if you start talking about interdimensional penetration people are inclined to think you are crackers.  I feel there may be more man-bat encounters that people are afraid to talk about (let alone seek authorities to research into) in case they are labeled as mad as a box of frogs.


EARTH'S GIANT INSECTS

They're now extinct.

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WAS LOCH NESS MONSTER FILMED FROM THE AIR?

It's a good place from which to film.



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BIGFOOT IN MAINE

An officer's encounter.



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SCARY BIGFOOT ENCOUNTER

Maybe they're all scary!



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BIGFOOT AT TAYLORSVILLE LAKE CAMPGROUND

An encounter with after effects.



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ROSMAPUTH - LAKE MONSTER

If you're ever in the vicinity of the Caspian Sea (the world's largest lake) you may see this singular beast.

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SASQUATCH AT MOSES LAKE

Jeff Meldrum will lecture this August.



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BIGFOOT: OFFICIAL TOWN ANIMAL

The town concerned is Charlotte, NY.



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TREE MAN SIGHTED

This creature was seen in Oregon.  It is not the only report of a tree humanoid that has come our way.

Image courtesy Lon Strickler


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