On January 14, 2017, the physicist Clifford Paiva and the cryptozoology author Jonathan Whitcomb jointly pronounced the winged creature in this old photograph to be a modernpterosaur: “Ptp” (left) is NOT a hoax.
Civil War Pterosaur Photo
Two old-looking photographs are often confused, both appearing to have several Civil War soldiers standing over something lying on the ground. The one on the left is the older genuine photo (click for a better view). For clarity, it is labeled “Ptp.” It has been verified by the missile defense physicist Clifford Paiva and cryptozoologist Jonathan Whitcomb to have an image of an actual modern pterosaur, maybe related to the Pteranodon.But the Haxan Films imitation of it is a hoax: the Freakylinks TV-showphoto of Civil War reenactors, one or two of whom are heavyset. At their feet (in the hoax photo) is what may be a large canvass construction, not an animal carcass but crudely made to imitate one. Don’t confuse them.From Tom Payne, January 11, 2017, regarding genuine “Ptp” image“I'm 67 years old and remember this photo from when I was young. I can't tell you where I saw it, at that time, however. I came here [an online page by Whitcomb], searching for it, again. Thank you for having it!“I've canoed all my life. I've owned several of them. Those aren't halves of a canoe! . . . Too narrow, too shallow. And definitely not a dugout canoe! “I have a degree in Computer Science. I can tell you that technology wasn't available to modify a photo like this before about 1980. First off, you couldn't get the image into the computer. Photos didn't become digitized until much later. I've always been convinced that this is an authentic photo. It may not be during the Civil War, however. Maybe a little later.” (the words of Tom Payne)Does the genuine photograph (Ptp) show a Pteranodon? It looks like a Pteranodon. more so than a ropen, according to some of the descriptions of the ropen. It would have been helpful is the tail had been photographed. The ropen is a modern pterosaur with Rhamphorhynchoid-like tail vane. This Civil War photograph suggests a Pterodactyloid. ###
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Clifford Paiva shows how the boot of the soldier and the head of the animal have consistent shadows. As strange as this photo may appear on first glance, it is a genuine photo in these details.
A ropen was observed here (CA) in clear daylight in the summer of 2007. The tail was estimated to be 15-16 feet long. This modern pterosaur may not have been the same species as the one in the Ptp photo.
The great majority of sightings of modern pterosaurs suggest Rhamphorhynchoidsrather than Pterodactyloids. The above sketch was drawn by the U. S. Marine Eskin C. Kuhn just minutes after his observation of two large “pterodactyls” at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 1971. Some eyewitnesses of large featherless flying creatures, however, describe them in terms suggesting a Pterodactyloid.
Encounters with very large pterosaurs—those are not restricted to the 1800’s in the USA. Gideon Koro saw one in about 1994, along with six other native boys.