Dinosaur Birds Extant Pterosaurs Modern “Prehistoric” Bird                 Marfa Lights                 Cryptozoology Book                 Kongamato                 Email Contact The pterosaur is known by several names in the United States: "dinosaur bird," "flying dinosaur," and perhaps the most popular "pterodactyl." In Papua New Guinea, it is known by many names: "ropen," "duwas," "indava," and "kor." But what shocks many Americans and Europeans are eyewitness reports that these supposedly "ancient" and "extinct" flying creatures are alive and well and even flying over our heads on rare occasions. Of course knowing a "dinosaur bird" flys over our heads should be shocking. But what about generations of teachings of extinction of dinosaurs and pterosaurs? Learning that supposedly extinct things are very much alive, well, that is quite shocking by itself. Neverthe- less, we need to examine these reports with an open mind. Sketch drawn by Aaron Tullock:      flying creature he saw when               he was a boy in about               1995, northeast Texas Few eyewitness accounts involve a colorful flying creature like this one *Note: This is not the sighting by the girl who saw the "Dracula-like" pterosaur, although both children had their sightings in Texas. Crude sketch drawn by eyewitness Aaron Tullock Blogs on Live Pterosaurs or “Dinosaur Birds” ". . .Westerners are very hesitant to report observing what is obviously a living pterosaur.  I don’t know of even one cryptozoologist who seems to have looked deeply  at  the  statistics  and  estimates  that  I made regarding '1400?' (other than my associates, researchers who  have  been subject  to  the  same  ostracism  I’ve encountered).  A few vocal  commenters on one forum have quickly dismissed my work and ridiculed my findings. Another cryptozoology forum has been more considerate . . . I’m afraid that too few have properly considered the predicament of the eyewitnesses: how difficult . . . to tell what they have seen." Although “1400” may be a crude estimate, nobody else has come up with anything better, as of late 2010. 1400 (+) American Eyewitnesses Flying Creatures . . . Paleontologists “'Bulverism' C. S. Lewis labeled the slick ploy of avoiding reasoning on a subject by pointing out the reason ones opponent is so silly. . . . The case I here present may be a mild case of bulverism, but the ramifications, for logical or foolish conclusions, appear significant." Dracula-Like Pterosaur in Texas "[When] I was about 11-12 yrs old I went outside around late morning . . . In the open backyard next door was what looked like a 9 or 10 ft tall man . . . then the man turned and I realized that this man didn't have a face like a man at all! . . . I watched what looked like disgusting black leathery . . . bat-like wings . . ." Dinosaur Bird, by Whatever Name South Carolina “Pterodactyl” seen by Wooten Two “Pterodactyls” were seen by the U. S. Marine Eskin Kuhn in clear daylight, in 1971, at the Guantanamo Bay base (”Gitmo”), Cuba This appears more like the “Gitmo Pterosaur” than the “dinosaur bird” seen by Aaron Tullock in Texas Gitmo Pterosaur Seen by Kuhn Part of the sketch drawn by Eskin Kuhn soon after his sighting of two pterosaurs at the US military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 1971, six years after the sighting by Carson South Carolina Dinosaur Bird In around 1989, Susan Wooten was driving from Greenville, South Carolina, to Florence, when she was startled to see a huge flying creature fly right in front of her car, gracefully gliding, with a couple of flaps or so, back up and over the trees on the side of the highway. “It looked as big as any car, and had NO feathers, not like a huge crane or egret." Wooten drew a sketch, after she began her interviews with the cryptozoologist Jonathan Whitcomb. Marfa Lights and Ropens “According to the late-2010 press release ‘Unmasking a Flying Predator in Texas,’  a group of “bioluminescent flying predators may be hunting at night and catching a few unlucky Big Brown Bats.” According to some of the eyewitnesses of apparent living pterosaurs in the United States, some of the large flying creatures fly where at least some bats are seen to fly at night.  Why not assume the reported ‘pterodactyls’ are just misidentifications of bats? The other flying creatures are too big, sometimes much too big, and when they are seen clearly, they sometimes are seen to have long tails and head crests.” Pterosaurs are not actually dinosaurs. The name "dinosaur birds" is simply convenient for some non-scientists, for "pterosaur" is difficult to spell. From an Amazon review of the second edition: “I couldn't put this book down. It is absolutely fascinating to read about eyewitness accounts of the people who have seen these creatures. To learn about these testimonies from such an open minded perspective is refreshing in the extreme! . . . I highly recommend this book to anyone! People should know the truth about what is going on. No one ever hears anything about this unless they conduct extremely specific internet searches . . . Jonathan Whitcomb needs to write more books!” (StrangeDream, 10/11/11)  Live Pterosaurs in America “Americans, for years, have reported obvious living pterosaurs, with sightings in Washington state, California, New Mexico, Texas, Ohio, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia, Kansas, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Missouri.”