Cover of a nonfiction paleontology book about pterosaurs and their fossils

Modern Flying Dragons

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How do flying dragons relate to pterosaurs? Old stories and ancient history—those contain the word “dragon,” and some of the accounts involve large creatures that fly, and sometimes those flying creatures resemble pterosaurs, at least to some extent. Peter Wellnhofer works at the Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology in Munich, a research institute. He […]

Do Dragons Exhale Fire?

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Flying dragons that spew fire and speak English (or any other human language)—those creatures are fictional. But pterosaurs of various species lived in abundance, at some time in the past. The long-tailed varieties, called “basal” or “Rhamphorhynchoid,” could have been called “dragons” in earlier human history. The only requirement is that pterosaurs lived at the time of humans […]

Dragons and Pterosaurs

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Might old tales of long-tailed dragons be related to modern live pterosaurs? It deserves consideration. Winged Dragons and Modern Pterodactyls What do old dragons and old pterosaurs have in common? Celtic dragons had arrows at the end of their tails; they may relate to pterosaur tails. What about those Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur tails? Are not dragon […]

Fiery Flying Serpent and Flying Dragons

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Translators of the King James Version of the Bible, centuries ago, lived before the English language had the words “dinosaur” and “pterosaur,” so don’t expect to find either word in an old Bible. The translators did their best in translating an interesting Old Testament phrase into English: “fiery flying serpent.” Some Bible commentators have suggested that the animals that […]

Cheesman Lights and Marfa Lights

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How are strange flying lights seen in New Guinea, in the 1930’s, related to strange flying lights seen recently near Marfa, Texas? Many of the CE-III Marfa Lights (so classified by the scientist James Bunnell) fly horizontally at low altitude; the lights observed by the British biologist Evelyn Cheesman, deep in the interior of the mainland […]

Science and modern pterosaurs

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Something in our Western culture seems to say “unscientific,” whenever the subject of modern living pterosaurs comes up. It’s not the countless fossils sitting on countless shelves in countless laboratories and museums, for countless fossils are very similar to presently-living organisms. Could it be that we have been indoctrinated, for generations, into the idea that […]

Japanese World War II ship shelled pterosaur caves

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Three days ago, I received an email from R.K. (anonymous), of the Manus Island area of Papua New Guinea. (We starting communicating earlier this month.) The nocturnal flying creatures that he described to me–I believe they are ropens–were common and were dangerous to local fishermen previous to the early 1940’s, when their numbers declined. In […]