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.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

IS CRYPTOZOOLOGY A PSEUDOSCIENCE?

Some thoughts from Ye Editor.


Ye Editor (Ronan Coghlan)


As your scud through the Internet or read generally, you will sometimes see cryptozoology described as a pseudoscience.  One has to ask if this is a fair description and, if not, why not.

The word pseudoscience means a false science or, to put it another way, fake knowledge. This is a rather unkind way of describing it.  I would define cryptozoology as investigation into the possible truth of animals whose existence is uncertain.  This hardly amounts to fake knowledge senso strictu.  Fake knowledge refers to things which are definitely not true.  The creatures investigated by cryptozoologists are hypothetical creatures, but that doesn't mean that trying to find out if they exist is in itself unscientific.

Astronomers in the days of my youth and vigor had no certainty that there were planets circling stars other than the sun; such planets were completely hypothetical; yet astronomers searched for them and discovered them and their endeavors were not labelled pseudoscientific.

In the same way cryptozoologists search for hypothetical animals.  Just because they are hypothetical does not mean their non-existence is certain.  Even if their existence is in some cases highly improbable due to environmental or other factors, the possibility of their existence is at least  a matter of opinion.

However, generally evidence for such animals does not meet the criteria of modern science where usually tangible evidence is required, rather than legend, anecdote or blurry film.  For an animal's existence to be accepted as scientific that evidence must be falsifiable, which cryptozoological evidence is not.  Once a cryptid is actually discovered, like the mountain gorilla or okapi, it is a cryptid no longer.  It has then left cryptozoology and, being tangible, moved into the realm of zoology.

By modern standards, cryptozoology is not a science per se, because its researchers do not produce falsifiable data.  If they do produce such data in the nature of a convincing specimen, the animal is no longer a cryptid.  Cryptozoology by its nature deals with creatures not or not yet scientifically accepted.  This places it outside the boundaries of science.   But it is not a pseudoscience either, for it is not false science to try to prove the existence of something beyond current scientific knowledge, but which you suspect may exist.

If it is neither science nor pseudoscience, then what is it?  I like the term metascience, which indicates something beyond the boundaries of science, but which does not have the connotation of falsehood and delusion which is enshrined in the term pseudoscience.  If you don't look for things undiscovered and they happen to exist, you will never discover them.

NEW BAT SPECIES

A kind of bat, discovered in 2011 and bearing a resemblance to the Star Wars character Yoda, has been officially recognized as a new species.

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CHUPACABRA IN MEXICO

Incident in Sinaloa state, 1996.



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MYSTERY APE OF LONG AGO

It throve in the Pleistocene in Asia.



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TRENTI - SPANISH DIMINUTIVE BEING

Trenti are said to live in the north of Spain.

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WOMAN CLAIMED ALIEN ENCOUNTERK

Kelly Cahill and a 1993 incident.



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FAIRY LIFESTYLE

If they exist, how do they live?



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HUMAN PREGNANCY AND PETS

Do they know you're pregnant?

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LOWDOWN ON BIGFOOT

This article claims to tell you what you need to know about the Hairy One.



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DOGMAN HIT BY CAR

Claim by California resident.


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FAKE WEREWOLF PICTURES

Linda Godfrey writes on this topic.



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INSECTOID ON THE WATCH

Imagine being watched by an insectoid being.

Image courtesy Lon Strickler


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Monday, 21 August 2017

LIGHTNING MONSTER

Creature of Zambian legend.  It travels on the lightning.



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MNGWA - MYSTERY FELID

Fierce cryptid of Tanzania.



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MYSTERY CREATURE OF PENNSYLVANIA

In 1945 this creature was reported in the Pottstown area.

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BIGFOOT IN MICHIGAN

Alleged creepy encounter.



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STARTLING CLAIM ABOUT HUMAN BRAIN

Is there a multidimensional universe in it?



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CRAB AND FISH BEHAVIOR IN ECLIPSE

They may show signs of strange reactions.



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BIRDS AND ECLIPSE BEHAVIOR

There are stories of birds behaving strangely in eclipses.



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MERMAID OFF NEW HAMPSHIRE

Sighting from 1883.



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WILL BIGFOOT COME OUT FOR ECLIPSE?

Will so unusual an occurrence draw him from his woody haunts?



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EXPEDIA GUIDE FOR CRYPTID SEEKERS

What cryptid do you want to find?



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EARTHLIKE PLANET DISCOVERED

And it's not that far away.

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

MONSTER OF LAKE COMO

Italy's Lake Como is said to have a monster called Lauriosauro.



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MOTHMAN IN OZ PARK

Mothman seems to be making Chicago his home town.



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ECHIDNA - MYTHICAL SNAKE-WOMAN

She gave birth to other monsters.



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Note: The name echidna is also given to an Australian animal.  Don't confuse the two.

KAWUK - INDONESIAN CRYPTID

It seems to be reptilian and is perhaps a kind of monitor, as it is said to resemble the Komodo dragon (pictured below).



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WAS BIGFOOT SHOT?

Man claims he was.



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UNIDENTIFIED HOMINID ON VIDEO

But what is it?

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RED LIGHTS IN CHICAGO.

Could they have been the eyes of the Chicago Mothman?

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HUNTING FOR BIGFOOT

Why shouldn't you?



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Saturday, 19 August 2017

GROOTSLANG - SERPENT OR EEL

Is it responsible for disappearances?



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LEGEND OF THE UNICORN

A look at the legend of this celebrated creature.



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VANCOUVER ISLAND MONSTER

A look at the monster said to be in Cameron Lake.



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RETURN OF THE THUNDERBIRD

The huge winged creature of Native American legend.



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FAIRIES IN HOUSES

Legend makes some Fairies dwell in or visit  the house.



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DOGGED BY DOGMAN

Woman has more than one sighting.



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BIGFOOT SEEN FROM TRAIN

Funny what you see in passing.



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BIGFOOT IN GERMANY

Account from 27 years ago.



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MOTHMAN STILL IN WEST VIRGINIA

Reported from McClintick Wildlife Preserve, which includes the TNT area.



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BIGFOOT VIDEO

Alleged video of white bigfoot in Pennsylvania.



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ANIMAL REACTIONS TO ECLIPSE

How animals will react to the forthcoming eclipse remains uncertain.



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SKELETON OF UNKNOWN ANIMAL

Scientists have no idea of what it is.  It was found in Ukraine.

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PINEAPPLE ATTACK!

Do you ever wonder why a pineapple has a slightly bitter taste?  The answer is that it is attacking your tongue.  Yes, pineapples contain bromelian, which is made up of enzymes, and this substance levies war on your tongue and cheeks.  But don't worry - once you swallow it your innards neutralize it.


Friday, 18 August 2017

CFZ TV RETURNS

CFZ web TV has returned with Episode 76 of  On the Track.



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WILDMEN OF EUROPE

People don costumes of wildmen in European folk traditions.




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DOGMAN ENCOUNTER, WASHINGTON STATE

Episode in Snohomish County.


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PRE-PATTERSON BIGFOOT ENCOUNTERS

A look at some of them.



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SLEEPING GIRAFFE

In what sort of position does a giraffe sleep?  See photographs.



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YETI

A look at the legendary creature.


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SOLAR ECLIPSE AND UNUSUAL THEORIES

Including ones about interdimensional creatures and aliens.



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SPEECH OF THE REPTILIANS

Has it been recorded?



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A CURIOUS RING

In November, 1864, the British press carried this story about a man who had his wife's remains made into a ring.

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SCIENTIST HUNTS BIGFOOT

Will he find his quarry?



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UNKNOWN GIANT SLOTH

A fossilized hitherto unknown species of Giant Sloth has been discovered.



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