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Live Pterosaurs in America: Sightings of Apparent Pterosaurs in the United States Paperback – July 25, 2009

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The third edition of this book became available in November, 2011

About the Author

As a forensic videographer, Jonathan Whitcomb was an independent interviewer and video specialist for attorney firms. After examining home video footage of natives on a tropical island, he became convinced that they were telling the truth about what they saw: a creature Westerners would label "pterodactyl." The deportment of the natives, while telling about their eyewitness experiences, gave them high credibility, in Whitcomb's view. Whitcomb set aside his work in legal video, traveling to Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea. He returned to the United States but not to his former profession. He became a writer, proclaiming to the world that pterosaurs are still living.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (July 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441477039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441477033
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,496,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My first books were in cryptozoology/true-life adventure genre, followed by my instructional nonfiction "Beat That Kid in Chess."

Each person in each of my nonfiction cryptozoology books is real, notwithstanding most eyewitnesses of apparent living pterosaurs are anonymous. I take the side of each individual, believing at least in the possibility that each is telling me the truth about an actual encounter. After an interview, if credibility is sufficient, I often publish the account, usually without the person's name.

I was surprised by that first phone call in 2003; it was from Texas. Paul Nation had been to a remote island in Papua New Guinea twice, searching for a nocturnal flying creature that he and his associates believed to be a giant pterosaur. His account of the testimonies of native eyewitnesses intrigued me. A few days later, after viewing the home videos he had sent me, I was thrilled at those native testimonies. I had no idea that one year later I would be climbing up a jungle trail on that same island and talking with some of those same natives. But it happened: In late 2004, I searched for the same legendary flying creature for which my first book was later named: "Searching for Ropens."

I was one of several American cryptozoologists who explored small portions of the vaste tropical wildernesses of Papua New Guinea, searching for the elusive nocturnal flying creatures. Expeditions from 1994 through 2004 resulted in mostly indirect evidence for living pterosaurs, but Paul Nation's 2006 expedition on the mainland---that made cryptozoological history, for he videotaped the bioluminescent glow that had made the creatures famous amoung natives.

After Paul Nation's return to the United States, I flew from California to Texas and interviewed him in his living room. He gave me a digital copy of his video footage of the two pulsating lights, which video was eventually given to a missile defense physicist for analysis (Cliff Paiva of California). Although Paul's amateur video camera was insufficient for recording any clear form or features of the nocturnal creatures, the lights were shown to be truly mysterious: not from fireflies nor camp fires nor meteors nor car headlights nor airplane lights nor flashlights nor camera artifacts nor any paste-on hoax. Nothing was found by the physicist that would cause any doubt in the hypothesis that the two lights were caused by two large bioluminescent flying creatures.

Even before my 2004 expedition, I began publishing web pages about eyewitness accounts of apparent pterosaurs in the southwest Pacific. Most astonishing was the response to that publicity: For seven years, many emails and phone calls from eyewitnesses of apparent living pterosaurs in the United States of America. Really!

My second nonfiction book on these eyewitness accounts is now in its second edition: "Live Pterosaurs in America." I will continue to speak up for the honor and honesty of the eyewitnesses, for human experience should be valued above the dogma of tradition: the Western indoctrination into universal extinctions of all species of dinosaurs and pterosaurs.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Beeson on December 16, 2012
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I've found this book to be well researched with many detailed accounts. Definitely more to this phenomenon than I thought! Worth every penny!
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By James Boyd on January 27, 2013
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102 pages of decently written information on flying oddities. It draws heavily on his previously published "Searching for Ropens." It fills a gap and was inexpensive.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ashtar Command on November 14, 2012
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Had I written this review a few years back, I would have titled it "Silly season creationism" or something to that effect. But sure, I'm still *very* sceptical to Jonathan David Whitcomb's book about - wait for it - sightings of apparent pterosaurs in the United States. Apparent...what exactly?

Creationists (and perhaps a few others) have been searching for living pterosaurs in Papua New Guinea, where there are native legends about a luminescent "demon flyer" harassing remote villages at night. Whitcomb and other enthusiasts believe, or want to believe, that there are pterosaurs at large in the United States, as well. The eye-witnesses prefer to be anonymous or pseudonymous due to fear of ridicule. Whitcomb and his fellow researchers (some of whom claim to have seen pterosaurs themselves) have sometimes kept the locations of the purported sightings hidden. This means that scientists can't do much with their material, and other cryptozoologists or investigators of the paranormal might also feel left in the lurch. Whitcomb claims to be able to tell a hoax from the real thing, but he never explains how. To be honest, I don't think he can - I wonder what would happen if a nefarious sceptic would try to prove him wrong by fabricating an observation?

Many of the "pterosaur" observations are probably misidentifications of large herons, bats, kites or pterosaur models. Many have been made at night. Others have a certain occult feel, as when one eye-witness reported a huge pterosaur in the middle of Suburbia, but nobody else noticed! The creatures are biologically impossible. What do they eat? Where do they breed? How come bird-watchers aren't seeing them? Whitcomb believes that the pterosaurs eat nightjars or bats, but shouldn't this affect nightjar or bat behaviour?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allison W Cusick on December 27, 2012
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Overly repetitive & badly written. Information could have been condensed to half the number of pages. A waste of paper.
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