map with Lake Pontchartrain

Living Pterosaurs in Louisiana

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By cryptozoology author Jonathan D. Whitcomb Introduction For those new to this blog, I need to explain why I call myself a “living pterosaur expert,” a strange title. From 2003 to the present (late 2017), I have spent over 10,000 hours on this narrow branch of cryptozoology: investigating eyewitness reports of apparent non-extinct “pterodactyls.” I […]

Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur sketch

More Pterosaurs in Utah

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On August 13, 2015, I received an email from an eyewitness living South of Provo, Utah. It confirms earlier reports of apparent pterosaurs in Utah, especially nocturnal flying creatures that are very large. Here is part of what the new eyewitness reported to me: Well, last night I was outside in my backyard in Spanish Fork, UT, we […]

eyepiece view of ropen in New Mexico in Sep-2014

A Glowing Ropen in New Mexico

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Flying in the face of the Wikipedia deletion of “ropen” last month, an apparent bioluminescent pterosaur flew into the eyepiece view of the telescope of Michael Slack of southeastern New Mexico. Apparently, self-appointed Wikipedia editors and judges failed to exterminate the ropen itself. It was flying along quite well, and glowing, on the night of September 1, 2014, just […]

Green mountain in the area of Marfa in southwest Texas

Marfa Lights and Sightings of Living Pterosaurs

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The following is taken from an email sent by Jonathan Whitcomb to one of the supporters of the living-pterosaur investigations. You have given me much to think about and I have much to say. For now, I’d like to go into Marfa Lights research by James Bunnell and also sightings of nocturnal pterosaurs and limitations on […]

Lighting the Flying Creature of the Night

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This is not to illuminate the bioluminescent pterosaur of Marfa, Texas, or of Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea. Indeed, that kind of glow actually hides the form and features of the flying creature that produces the light. Setting aside bioluminescence, we now consider why some night sightings have contributed to the credibility of the live-pterosaur investigations. I […]

David Woetzel, American cryptozoologist and explorer

Woetzel ropen sighting of 2004

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“Ropen” is what natives of Umboi Island call the nocturnal flying creature, and legends abound. Most eyewitnesses have only seen it from a distance, at night, and they describe a strange flying light. David Woetzel led the second ropen expedition on Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea, late in 2004, accompanied by fellow-American cryptozoologist Garth Guessman. […]

Non-fiction book on living pterosaurs in the U.S.

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Live Pterosaurs in America (2009, nonfiction) [second edition: Nov, 2010; third edition: Nov, 2011] is still [early 2010] more popular on than most of the many nonfiction cryptozoology books. Here is the main text of the title page: Reports of giant flying “ptero-dactyls” in American skies—these have floated around the internet for years; but they had been mostly […]