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The pterosaur is known by several names in the United States:
"dinosaur bird," "flying dinosaur," and perhaps the most popular
"pterodactyl." In Papua New Guinea, it is known by many names:
"ropen," "duwas," "indava," and "kor." But what shocks many
Americans and Europeans are eyewitness reports that these
supposedly "ancient" and "extinct" flying creatures are alive and
well and even flying over our heads on rare occasions.
Of course knowing a "dinosaur bird" flys over our heads should be
shocking. But what about generations of teachings of extinction of
dinosaurs and pterosaurs? Learning that supposedly extinct things
are very much alive, well, that is quite shocking by itself. Neverthe-
less, we need to examine these reports with an open mind.
Sketch drawn by Aaron Tullock:
flying creature he saw when
he was a boy in about
1995, northeast Texas
Few eyewitness accounts
involve a colorful flying
creature like this one
*Note: This is not the sighting by
the girl who saw the "Dracula-like"
pterosaur, although both children
had their sightings in Texas.
Crude sketch drawn by eyewitness Aaron Tullock
Blogs on Live Pterosaurs or “Dinosaur Birds”
". . .Westerners are very hesitant to report observing
what is obviously a living pterosaur. I don’t know of
even one cryptozoologist who seems to have looked
deeply at the statistics and estimates that I made
regarding '1400?' (other than my associates, researchers
who have been subject to the same ostracism I’ve
encountered). A few vocal commenters on one forum
have quickly dismissed my work and ridiculed my findings.
Another cryptozoology forum has been more considerate
. . . I’m afraid that too few have properly considered the
predicament of the eyewitnesses: how difficult . . . to tell
what they have seen."
Although “1400” may be a crude estimate, nobody else
has come up with anything better, as of late 2010.
1400 (+) American Eyewitnesses
Flying Creatures . . . Paleontologists
“'Bulverism' C. S. Lewis labeled the slick ploy of avoiding
reasoning on a subject by pointing out the reason ones
opponent is so silly. . . . The case I here present may be
a mild case of bulverism, but the ramifications, for logical
or foolish conclusions, appear significant."
Dracula-Like Pterosaur in Texas
"[When] I was about 11-12 yrs old I went outside around
late morning . . . In the open backyard next door was what
looked like a 9 or 10 ft tall man . . . then the man turned
and I realized that this man didn't have a face like a man
at all! . . . I watched what looked like disgusting black
leathery . . . bat-like wings . . ."
Dinosaur Bird, by Whatever Name
South Carolina “Pterodactyl” seen by Wooten
Two “Pterodactyls” were seen by the U. S.
Marine Eskin Kuhn in clear daylight, in 1971,
at the Guantanamo Bay base (”Gitmo”), Cuba
This appears more like the “Gitmo Pterosaur” than
the “dinosaur bird” seen by Aaron Tullock in Texas
Gitmo Pterosaur Seen by Kuhn
Part of the sketch drawn by Eskin Kuhn soon
after his sighting of two pterosaurs at the US
military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in
1971, six years after the sighting by Carson
South Carolina Dinosaur Bird
In around 1989, Susan Wooten was driving from Greenville,
South Carolina, to Florence, when she was startled to see
a huge flying creature fly right in front of her car, gracefully
gliding, with a couple of flaps or so, back up and over the
trees on the side of the highway.
“It looked as big as any car, and had NO feathers, not like
a huge crane or egret."
Wooten drew a sketch, after she began her interviews with
the cryptozoologist Jonathan Whitcomb.
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“According to the late-2010 press release ‘Unmasking a
Flying Predator in Texas,’ a group of “bioluminescent
flying predators may be hunting at night and catching a
few unlucky Big Brown Bats.” According to some of the
eyewitnesses of apparent living pterosaurs in the United
States, some of the large flying creatures fly where at least
some bats are seen to fly at night. Why not assume the
reported ‘pterodactyls’ are just misidentifications of bats?
The other flying creatures are too big, sometimes much too
big, and when they are seen clearly, they sometimes are
seen to have long tails and head crests.”
Pterosaurs are not actually dinosaurs. The name "dinosaur birds" is simply convenient for some non-scientists, for "pterosaur" is difficult to spell.
From an Amazon review of the second edition:
“I couldn't put this book down. It is absolutely
fascinating to read about eyewitness accounts
of the people who have seen these creatures.
To learn about these testimonies from such an
open minded perspective is refreshing in the
extreme! . . . I highly recommend this book to
anyone! People should know the truth about
what is going on. No one ever hears anything
about this unless they conduct extremely specific
internet searches . . . Jonathan Whitcomb needs
to write more books!” (StrangeDream, 10/11/11)
“Americans, for years, have reported obvious
living pterosaurs, with sightings in Washington
state, California, New Mexico, Texas, Ohio,
Arkansas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, South
Carolina, Rhode Island, Maine, New York,
Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia, Kansas,
Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Missouri.”