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1400 American Eyewitnesses of Living Pterosaurs

February 10th, 2010

“A cryptozoologist estimates that at least 1400 credible eyewitnesses have seen, in the United States, over the past 29 years, large flying creatures unlike any known bird or bat: apparent pterosaurs.”

The estimate is crude, based largely on how reluctant Americans are to admit that they have seen something like a living pterosaur. But the nonfiction-book author has interviewed Americans for years, and has analyzed the resulting data. Several cryptozoology books have been written about strange flying creatures, including apparent pterosaurs. Eyewitnesses may be plentiful, but this is still cryptozoology, for no body (live or recently deceased) has yet been discovered.

A few critics using online forums have ridiculed those who believe in the possibility of a living pterosuar, but they have also often declared that there would be nothing unscientific about discovering that kind of creature. So why ridicule those who hope that the poor animals are alive?


Some key words worth trying: pterosaur, pterodactyl, ropen

Also: Cryptozoology Book (nonfiction: Live Pterosaurs in America)

The boy who flew with the wind

October 12th, 2009

William read whatever he could find. As a fourteen-year-old in a poor African village, he appeared least likely to become a miracle worker, regardless of his drive to learn. Tied to the chores of the family farm–school was too expensive–his appetite for education appeared to be mocked by literal and figurative starvation. What could anyone expect of him?

But the boy found Using Energy, a book about generating electricity from windmills. He became filled with a passion to supply electric light and water pumping to his village. Using scraps of wood and tree branches, he built a tower; using junk, he built a windmill. To the amazement of villagers, it worked.

And William has recently become the co-author of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, a bestselling book on His accomplishment now amazes the world.


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The nonfiction book "Live Pterosaurs in America," by Jonathan David Whitcomb - third edition - paperback - cryptozoology

Live Pterosaurs in America — third edition — cryptozoology, nonfiction — by Jonathan Whitcomb

From the title page of the book:

How are sightings in the United States related to those in the southwest Pacific? How do some apparent nocturnal pterosaurs pertain to bats, and how are bats irrelevant? How could modern living pterosaurs have escaped scientific notice? These mysteries have slept in the dark, beyond the knowledge of almost all Americans, even beyond our wildest dreams (although the reality of some pterosaurs is a living nightmare to some bats). These mysteries have slept . . . until now.