Posts Tagged ‘United States’

Pterodactyl Alive in California?

May 17th, 2010

How would you interpret a report of a sighting of a giant living pterosaur flying over a road near the campus of the University of California¬†at Irvine? In the summer of 2007, that’s what the eyewitness described, for it had no feathers, a long tail, and a length of about thirty feet. Somebody might dismiss the report as a misidentified bat, except for the giant size and the long tail.

According to another source, regarding live pterosaurs:

Several Americans searched for the elusive creature; important expeditions were in 2002, 2004 (two), and 2006. But the Sci-Fi Destination Truth expedition of 2007 introduced the word ‘ropen’ to many thousands of American T.V. viewers.

Live pterosaurs! But it gets even stranger. Reports starting coming in from North America, and some of the Americans who explored Papua New Guinea, in 2004, searching for ropens, began searching for them in the United States. In at least two of the West Coast states, one of the locations became extremely secret. Nevertheless, according to one press release, one of the living-pterosaur cryptozoologists has estimated that at least 1400 Americans have seen a living pterosaur between early-1980 and the end of 2008. Most of those who have given their reports remain anonymous.

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?

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Some key words worth trying: pterosaur, pterodactyl, ropen

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