On the Track of Pterodactyls

November 28th, 2011 by Nathaniel Coleman AKA Jonathan Whitcomb 1 comment »

Continuing on the subject of still-breathing pterosaurs, commonly called “pterodactyls,” we have something from the Orange County Weekly, by way of KSN News:

Tracking Pterodactyls

“Jonathan Whitcomb is actually based in Long Beach, where as a cryptozoology author he offers an explanation of the mystery lights of Marfa, Texas, and Papua New Guinea. Human inhabitants in both places have observed in the sky balls of light that seem to split into two, fly away from each other and then turn around and fly back together.


“Such sights have produced legends about dancing devils or ghosts and scientific explanations involving lightning or earthlights. Whitcomb has a far different explanation: bioluminescent predators flying together until they notice an increased presence of insects.


“The pterodactyls–which are actually known as pterosaurs–then split up because their meal of choice–big brown bats–feed on insects. When the brown bats, known as Eptesicus fuscus, start feeding on the insects, the pterosaurses bear down on the bats from opposite sides. . . .”

Paleontologist Comments on Pterosaurs

. . . “Is it possible that at least a few of those thousands of discovered pterosaur fossils actually prevented the strata from being dated as post-Cretaceous?” . . . inadvertant circular reasoning in this assumption that all pterosaur fossils have been from ancient life?


The problem with getting an objective evaluation of this fossil dating is in the deeply-entrenched assumption of pterosaur extinction and the assumption that they only lived many millions of years ago. That could have influenced the dating of some of the strata from which the pterosaur fossils were taken, invalidating the claim that all those fossils had been proven to be ancient.

What Do You Call a Strange Flying Creature?

July 6th, 2011 by Nathaniel Coleman AKA Jonathan Whitcomb 1 comment »

A recent report of a strange flying creature near Tacoma, Washington, has raised a question: What do you call a large flying creature that appears to be neither bird nor bat? That eyewitness in Washington called it a “monkey bird” because of the strange vocal call that it made.

Of course, with other sightings in other parts of the United States, we can call a pterosaur the obvious “pterosaur,” but what do American eyewitnesses call it?

What is interesting is the accumulation of eyewitness accounts of the creatures, regardless of what people call them.

One man who calls it a “pterodactyl” is Duane Hodgkinson, a flight instructor in Livingston, Montana. This World War II veteran was stationed near Finschhafen, New Guinea, in 1944. He and his buddy walked into a clearing, and into cryptozoological history when they saw a large creature fly up into the air. The soldiers soon realized that it was no bird that started to circle the clearing, for its tail was “at least ten to fifteen feet long,” and a long appendage stuck out the back of its head: apparently, a live pterosaur, although Hodgkinson said “pterodactyl.” Jonathan Whitcomb, a forensic videographer and cryptozoology author, interviewed Hodgkinson, in 2004, and found his testimony credible. In 2005, Garth Guessman, another investigator of “ropens” in Papua New Guinea, video-taped the old veteran in Montana. The session was analyzed by Whitcomb, who became even more convinced the World War II veteran was telling the truth: The man had seen a living pterosaur, regardless of what people call it.

Bank of America Comedy

June 9th, 2011 by Nathaniel Coleman AKA Jonathan Whitcomb No comments »

Warren and Maureen Nyerges, in Naples, Florida, were shocked at the foreclosure notice, for they had paid cash for their home in 2009, never having any mortage on that house. Bank of America, however, was adamant, refusing to consider that possibility.

Months passed, with significant legal proceedings, but the issue was finally resolved. A moving truck arrived, escorted by two sheriff’s deputies, and all was ready for removing property; but it was not the furniture of the Nyerges family, for they had won the lawsuit: The deputies informed the branch manager of the local Bank of America that he could paid the legal fee or allow the Nyerges family to remove furniture and cash from the bank.

Apparently it is bad for business for customers to arrive at their bank, ready to deposit their checks, and then be shocked at finding police officers enforcing the removal of the branch manager’s desk and office chair: The manager signed a check to cover legal expenses.

New Report of Modern Pterosaur in Cuba (Guantanamo Bay)

May 20th, 2011 by Nathaniel Coleman AKA Jonathan Whitcomb 1 comment »

An eyewitness of a long-tailed featherless flying creature has recently come forward: Patty Carson of Southern California. She witnessed the “Gitmo Pterosaur” when she was a child, on the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, in 1965. Jonathan Whitcomb, the cryptozoologist who interviewed her, believes the flying creature is related to the kongamato of Africa.

Patty Carson described the encounter:

I was only a child when I saw it. . . . around six years old. My brother George was with me, but he was only around four. We were walking down near the boat yards, headed home. We lived . . . by the radio tower. . . . Where it was sandy . . . scrub vegetation around four feet tall . . . There were some stagnant pools here and there, a few inches deep . . . We were walking through that scrub area, and suddenly it sat up, as if it had been eating something or resting. The head and upper part of its body, about a third of the wings at the joint . . . showed. . . . about thirty feet away. All of us froze for about five seconds, then it leaned to its left and took off with a fwap fwap fwap sound . . . and flew to its left and disappeared behind trees and terrain. . . . It did have a tail and it had a diamond shaped tip . . . The skin was a leathery, brownish reddish color. It had little teeth, a LOT of them.


We went home and I was ALL excited to tell my family I had seen a dinosaur, but they all poo poo’d me and started to tell me it was a pelican or frigate bird. NO WAY! It was as tall as a man when it stood up on it haunches. It was close. It froze for a few seconds so I got a good look. When we were kids we lived in Arlington (dad worked in the Pentagon) and we would often go
to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and when I saw it I knew exactly that it was a pterodactyl, and even named it as such to my family. They didn’t believe me. I know what I saw. I know exactly what I saw.

Carson’s report resembles the one by a U. S. Marine, Eskin C. Kuhn, who watched two similar creatures fly by at Guantanamo Bay, six years after Carson’s sighting:

Pterosaurs in Cuba

“I saw two pterosaurs . . . flying together . . . perhaps 100 feet [high], very close in range from where I was standing, so that I had a perfectly clear view of them. . . . ”


Mr. Kuhn had assumed that the two long-tailed pterosaurs he observed were exceptional cases and that short tails were what would be expected of modern living pterosaurs. That was before his 2010 interview with cryptozoologist Jonathan Whitcomb. Most sightings do involve long tails.

Kongamato Pterodactyl

Before considering the origin of the word “kongamato,” we need to evaluate what witnesses have seem to have seen, regardless of what they call the flying creature. How can two freshwater stingrays fly slowly, directly over ones head? They cannot. It is possible for one stingray to jump out of a river, however uncommon that may be, but never two overhead, flying slowly. How can a freshwater stingray have a head that looks like “an elongated snout of a dog?” It cannot. But a pterosaur, called by some people “pterodactyl,” may appear as described by J. P. F. Brown, according to his report, regardless of whether or not someone else had once seen a freshwater stingray and called it “kongamato.”

Dinosaur Bird

Of course “dinosaur bird” is incorrect in a scientific sense, for a pterosaur is neither dinosaur nor bird. But an eyewitness like Patty Carson probably said something similar when she, as a child who had just seen a  live pterosaur in Cuba, reported her encounter to her family. In more recent years, a man in Richmond, Virginia, reported a “dinosaur bird” after he looked through a telescope.

Mysterious Marfa Lights of Texas

April 25th, 2011 by Nathaniel Coleman AKA Jonathan Whitcomb No comments »

Circumstantial evidence seems to be mounting for the possibility that bioluminescent flying predators may be responsible for sightings of Mara Lights in southwest Texas.

According to the research of James Bunnell, author of the nonfiction book Hunting Marfa Lights, those truly mysterious flying lights do not appear at the same location in this remote high desert area except on consecutive nights. This fits well with the hypothesis of glowing flying creatures that are predators.

Analysis of some of the detailed data accumulated by Bunnell shows that the truly strange Marfa Lights appear more often on warmer or more moderate nights, rather than on colder nights. This supports the idea that they are a group of intelligent flying predators that hunt as a pack.

Are Marfa Lights Glowing Pterosaurs?

Now a cryptozoologist from California has explained the dancing lights of Marfa. Tales of spooks may hold a spark of truth, for recent research implies intelligence directs the lights: Bioluminescent flying predators may be hunting at night and catching a few unlucky Big Brown Bats: Eptesicus fuscus.

. . . Although Whitcomb admits that Marfa Lights may come from an unknown bioluminescent bird or bat, he says, “It is more likely than not from a creature similar to the ropen of Papua New Guinea, and my associates and I are sure about the ropen: It is a pterosaur.”

Marfa Lights, What Causes Them

“Soon after dark we saw two strange lights on a compass-bearing almost due south [from us]. These lights pulsed independently and seemed to follow a randomly timed sequence that, in most cases, went from dark to relatively dim, flared to a higher level of brightness, then dimmed and eventually went out. Sometimes both lights would be on at the same time.”

Although the author of Hunting Marfa Lights, James Bunnell, does not write about the flying-predator possibility, many of the sighting reports in his book led Jonathan Whitcomb, the author of Live Pterosaurs in America (second edition) to believe flying predators are the answer.

New Drug for Skin Cancer

March 7th, 2011 by Nathaniel Coleman AKA Jonathan Whitcomb No comments »

(KHOU, Houston, Texas) Scientists continue to search for prevention and treatment against skin cancer, especially melanoma, the deadliest form of the disease. One patient, Hilde Stapleton, noticed an itch behind her knee twelve years ago; it nearly ended her life.

The cancer even spread to Stapleton’s knee, thigh and lungs. But after 10 surgeries and 3 rounds of chemotherapy, she had a stroke and nearly died. But Stapleton’s doctors at MD Anderson entered her into a trial for a new cancer-killing drug. And it worked.

Stapleton’s melanoma is now in remission and she credits the drug trial for saving her life.

Oncologist Dr Kevin Kim says these types of trials are symbols of hope in the fight against melanoma, an aggressive cancer that is often resistant to chemotherapy. “Now we see some survivor benefit, finally for the first time in 30 years or more.” said Kim. “This is a very promising time for sure.” Dr Kim is also excited about a promising new drug that started its trials at MD Anderson. Nearly half of the advanced-stage melanoma patients who were treated with the drug saw major improvements. It should receive FDA approval by the end of the year. “We can customize with better medicines in five years,” said Kim. “I believe in five years we will have a definite impact on the survival of patients.”

Reply to Houston Chronicle regarding the Marfa Lights of southwest Texas

Legal Ruling Saves Documentary

February 15th, 2011 by Nathaniel Coleman AKA Jonathan Whitcomb No comments »

Expelled, No Intelligence Allowed” was allowed to be distributed in theaters, despite a lawsuit by Yoko Ono, attempting to prevent its release. The subject of the film documentary? The suppression of freedom of speech, regarding opinions about Intelligent Design.

Yoko Ono, the widow of deceased Beatle John Lennon, has lost her battle against the producers of the film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.

Ono brought suit against the film’s producers for including John Lennon’s song Imagine in their documentary. Last month [mid-2008], a federal court in Manhattan denied Ono’s request for an injunction against the film that would have forced it out of theaters nationwide.

An overview of Ben Stein’s documentary Expelled

Since the Los Angeles Times review of Expelled uses the word “deceive,” let’s look deeper: the facts about this film. All who have seen this controversial documentary can agree on one thing: Ben Stein attempts to make the point that there is academic censuring and discipline against those who believe in (or just consider openly) Intelligent Design (I.D.) as a possible alternative to Darwinist points of view. This is a fact, regardless of opinions about whether or not Stein has succeeded in making a convincing point (and regardless of the value of I.D.)

(Jonathan Whitcomb’s review of a review by the Los Angeles Times)

Strange to tell, but one aspect of the American freedom of speech relates to limited use of copyrighted materials: A limited reference to something copyrighted is legal, for example, when using it to illustrate a point in a documentary. Ben Stein’s documentary was produced to promote awareness of the importance of protecting freedom of speech, and Ono brought a lawsuit, losing the legal battle because of freedom of speech.

Live Pterosaur in North Carolina?

February 7th, 2011 by Nathaniel Coleman AKA Jonathan Whitcomb 3 comments »

After this anonymous eyewitness read about a report of a sighting of an apparent pterosaur flying over St. Louis, she realized it may have been similar to what she had seen in October of 2010. This was an apparent pterosaur in North Carolina. She reported:

I was driving home from dropping a friend off at school.  When I was almost home (passed the Food Lion on Commerce Rd, going towards Country Club Rd in Jacksonville, NC), I saw something HUGE above me in the sky.  It looked like a pale greenish white and smooth-skinned. It didn’t appear to have any feathers, and it had the tail with the diamond shape on the end.

Knowable News had previously reported a sighting of a possible pterosaur in South Carolina:

I saw a pterosaur in Clinton, SC when I was 15 or 16 while at a soccer camp at Presbyterian College in 1994 or 1995. . . . It was huge, as big as a plane . . . I saw a huge pterodactyl-looking creature, flying very high in the sky. The strangest thing . . . how slow the wings were flapping and how high it was flying . . .

Protected Animals Cause Problems in Estonia

January 28th, 2011 by Nathaniel Coleman AKA Jonathan Whitcomb 2 comments »

From the small European nation of Estonia, comes news about protected animals that vex farmers and fishermen. (The Republic of Estonia, in the Baltic Region of Northern Europe, is bordered on the north by the Gulf of Finland.)

“According to fresh calculations, protected bird species and wolves, lynx, bears and seals caused Estonian farmers and fishermen damages last year that the state has to compensate for nearly 197,000 euros, reports Eesti Paevaleht.” (The Baltic Times)

In one case, wolves killed 67 sheep in one herd, causing damages estimated at 5,541 euros.

“According to the law, farmers are paid up to 3,195 euros per year, but not more than 7,500 euros over three years to compensate for damage done by animals and birds.”

Are Marfa Lights Glowing Predators?

December 30th, 2010 by Nathaniel Coleman AKA Jonathan Whitcomb 2 comments »

The famous Marfa Lights of southwest Texas have received recent attention from the Houston Chronicle, one of the largest newspapers in the United States and the largest in Texas. The original idea for the article by Claudia Feldman came from a press release promoting a new nonfiction book on cryptozoology, but the staff writer seems to have gotten carried away in dismissing any notion that “dinosaurs” are still flying over a remote area of Texas.

The original press release, “Unmasking a Flying Predator in Texas,” by Jonathan Whitcomb, gives an overview of the Marfa Lights, explaining why the local human residents have called them “dancing devils” and “ghosts.”

Now a cryptozoologist from California has explained the dancing lights of Marfa. Tales of spooks may hold a spark of truth, for recent research implies intelligence directs the lights: Bioluminescent flying predators may be hunting at night and catching a few unlucky Big Brown Bats: Eptesicus fuscus.

. . . Although Whitcomb admits that Marfa Lights may come from an unknown bioluminescent bird or bat, he says, “It is more likely than not from a creature similar to the ropen of Papua New Guinea, and my associates and I are sure about the ropen: It is a pterosaur.”

The Houston Chronicle staff writer chose to use the word “dinosaurs,” dismissing the hypothesis of Whitcomb:

While Whitcomb has been effective in broadcasting his views, he acknowledges that he has no scientific training, has never been to Marfa and has not seen the creatures whose patterns and habits he attempts to describe. He did make a trip to Papua New Guinea to investigate flying predators there but saw none.

But the HC staff writer neglected a few critical points, setting herself up for a lengthy response from Whitcomb:

Over the past seven years, I have received emails (from eyewitnesses of apparent living pterosaurs) from various parts of the world: Australia, Papua New Guinea, Europe, Africa, and elsewhere. But most of the reports come from Americans: Many sightings have been in California, Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kansas, and in other states. More reports come from California and Texas than from any other two states.

Most of those persons appear to be credible, notwithstanding their accounts of seeing incredible flying creatures (one eyewitness is a professional psychologist; one is a scientist, several are plane pilots). A significant portion of the sightings have been in Texas.

The Houston Chronicle staff writer seems to have neglected to mention anything about eyewitness sightings of apparent pterosaurs flying over Texas. The point of Whitcomb’s book, Live Pterosaurs in America, and the press release promoting it is this: Eyewitnesses report these strange flying creatures across the United States, including Texas.