Live Pterosaur Media Center Live Pterosaur Media Center Newspaper Articles Newspaper articles about reports of living pterosaurs vary as widely as the  exposures and perspectives of the editors and reporters. The eyewitness  accounts or press releases that elicited the newspaper articles---those also  vary. In the past seven years, several newspapers have mentioned the work  of the Californian Jonathan Whitcomb, who never varies from proclaiming  that some species of pterosaurs are not extinct but still living.   The Houston Chronicle, by circulation the ninth largest newspaper in the  United States, pulled away the welcome mat to “flying dinosaurs” that might  want to fly over southwest Texas; it emphasized Whitcomb’s lack of  credentials and experience. But “What’s going on in Marfa?” (December  19, 2010 issue) was elicited by the press release “Unmasking a Flying  Predator in Texas,” which was written by Whitcomb after he had received,  over several years, eyewitness reports of apparent living pterosaurs in Texas,  from citizens of Texas. The Houston Chronicle writer failed to mention that.   The Press Telegram, the leading daily newspaper in the Long Beach,  California, area, on October 28, 2004, featured an article, under “Travel  Tales,” on Whitcomb’s late-2004 expedition in Papua New Guinea: “Court  videographer seeks truth of bygone creature.” But a critical point was his  conviction that the creature still lives, that pterosaurs still fly (otherwise he  would never have traveled to Papua New Guinea); he did not choose the title  that included the word “bygone.”   The Antwerp Bee-Argus, a weekly newspaper in Ohio, on August 5, 2009,  published a front-page article about a local sighting by a man who was later  interviewed by Whitcomb. It was fair to the possibility that the man had seen  what he declared he had seen; but the title on that front-page article included  the misspelling of “pterosaur.”                                                           ### The opinions expressed are those of Jonathan David Whitcomb. Media professionals may use these paragraphs in whole or in part for news distribution. Some of the images on this page may also be used by the news media (click on image). Other Resources Scientific Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals Eyewitness Duane Hodgkinson San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary Press Telegram (Long Beach, California), October 28, 2004 South Coast of Umboi Island  near where Abram and David Mokay saw the ropen light on two separate occasions “The Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur tail is mostly inflexible except at the base where it connects to the body of the creature. This is in harmony with findings by the Woetzel-Guessman expedition of 2004, regarding the ropen of Umboi Island.” Antwerp Bee-Argus (Ohio), August 5, 2009, front page The Press Telegram article:   “On Oct. 15, I returned to Long Beach after spending two weeks on Umboi Island in Papua New Guinea. The main reason I went to this remote tropical island was to investigate reports of a large, nocturnal flying creature that the local people call ropen. I came back with notes and video from interviewing about 17 eyewitnesses who claimed to have seen this elusive creature that is the subject of many island legends. . . .” [That was written in 2004, before Whitcomb became a professional writer] The Houston Chronicle article:   “. . . Just the other day reporters and editors around the country received an email about California videographer and self-described cryptozoologist Jonathan Whitcomb. “. . . Whitcomb’s theory about the lights? He thinks they may be flying dinosaurs.”  [The “email” was a press release. Whitcomb never himself refers to pterosaurs as “flying dinosaurs” except as one of the names that some persons use for the creatures.] The Ohio newspaper article:   “STRANGE FLYING CREATURE SEEN NEAR ANTWERP” “A young man was reported to have seen something strange flying over the Maumee River in the summer of 2003; he described it like a pterosaur, according to a recently published book, “Live Pterosaurs in America.” It was reported to be chasing sparrows as it flew over the Route 49 bridge . . .”