Perosaur Sketch by Eskin Kuhn

Woodpeckers, Flintstones, and Long-Tailed Pterosaurs

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Reply to a Post by Dale A. Drinnon: “Cuban Pterosaurs?” How far some skeptics will go to find a non-pterosaur explanation for pterosaur sightings! Featherless long-tailed flying creatures with long bony head crests are not misidentifications of woodpeckers, but there is more. Dale Drinnon has made some apparently accurate generalizations about the two main groups of […]

color illustration of three Imperial Woodpeckers in a forest

California Ropens – Are They Woodpeckers?

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I am actually grateful that one skeptic brought up a woodpecker interpretation for sightings of apparent pterosaurs on the west coast of the United States . . . sort of. It kicked me off my comfortable couch, to search for more information about woodpeckers and other birds, and to learn about pterosaurs that perch and birds that do not perch. Thank […]

Was it a Giant Prehistoric Bird?

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We need to be careful not to jump to conclusions when an eyewitness reports a sighting with one or more of the following words: Giant prehistoric bird Huge bird without feathers Large dinosaur bird Big Thunderbird If some reports of large flying creatures come from sightings of modern pterosaurs—I proclaim, in a number of blogs and books, […]

Hornbill Birds and a Live Pterosaur

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In a recent post, “Ropens, Pterosaurian Sightings And Manta Rays,” a skeptic of the possibility of living pterosaurs gave half a sentence to the subject of Hornbill birds as the cause of sighting reports of live pterosaurs (misidentification conjecture). The problem with that suggestion? Details in the sighting reports bear no resemblance to anything like a […]

pterosaur seen by Aaron Tullock in Texas in about 1995

Bird watching sans pterosaurs

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The Wikipedia post for “kongamato” includes “the area concerned is advertised as a prime birdwatching site,” bringing up the question of why birdwatchers do not report living pterosaurs in Africa. Wikipedia gives no answer, implying that the possibility of a live pterosaur in Africa is therefore doubtful. From Wikipedia’s “birdwatching” page, we learn that many birds “are […]