- Paperback: 146 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd edition (November 20, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1456341359
- ISBN-13: 978-1456341350
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
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Live Pterosaurs in America, second edition: Eyewitness Reports of Pterosaurs in the Contiguous United States 2nd Edition
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From the Back Cover
The Truth About Pterosaurs:
Susan Wooten was driving east on Highway 20, towards Florence, South Carolina, when something flew just above and in front of her car. With a long tail but no feathers, "it looked as big as any car."
Scott Norman did not believe he would see a living pterosaur, as he sat alone, taking his turn watching the night sky. A bird is what his friends had probably seen. But at 2:00 a.m., less than forty feet away, what flew over the shed was no bird. The head alone was about four feet long; the head crest, two feet long, like that of a Pteranodon.
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.
Discover for yourself these amazing yet true stories and why they are usually absent from news headlines. Learn of the searches and research done by a few American cryptozoologists who stand up to ridicule and proclaim the truth. At least two pterosaur species (quite uncommon, mostly nocturnal) still live in North America.
About the Author
Google-search with "live pterosaur" and about 90% the first-page results will link to pages with at least some reference to this cryptozoologist. Both "Destination Truth" and "Monsterquest" consulted with him while preparing their television productions about these flying creatures. Wikipedia's definition of "ropen" gives explicit credit to Jonathan Whitcomb's first nonfiction book.
As a forensic videographer, he was a video specialist for attorneys. After examining home videos of natives on a tropical island, he became convinced that they were telling the truth about a creature Westerners would label "pterodactyl." The natives' deportment, while describing their encounters, gave them high credibility. He set aside his work in legal video, traveling to Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea, and leading the first ropen expedition of 2004. After interviewing many natives, he returned to the U.S. convinced of the identity of the ropen: a living Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur; but he did not return to his former profession: He became a writer, proclaiming to the world that pterosaurs are still living.
But even before his expedition in the southwest Pacific, he began receiving reports from eyewitnesses in the United States; Americans also see large or giant featherless flying creatures unlike any bat. Whitcomb continued interviewing Americans until it became obvious that modern pterosaurs seen in the contiguous states are not just stragglers from Central America: They live here for at least part of the year.
Although he is not a Young Earth Creationist, Whitcomb has worked with YEC cryptozoologists; he encourages cooperation between scientists of various origin-beliefs. Although he advocates some critical literal interpretations of the Old Testament related to modern pterosaurs, religious and philosophical ideas are limited in this book, confined mostly to part of the appendix. This book is to be enjoyed by readers of many beliefs.
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One thing I always found interesting about the pterosaur sightings is their backwards familiarity to the big foot phenonmenon. Many people reported seeing big foot and sighting increase every year, but this was after the famous big foot film found in the 60s. The exact opposite is taking place with pterosaur sightings, in that, people report their stories from years ago after Whitcombs books and others. Basically, people are now sharing their past experiences more openly. Almost every account occurred in the past, maybe 10 years or so before this book date. There are some recent ones to, but it tells me at least that people are not fabricating stories based on a sub-cultural influence like the big foot film (where every noise a hiker hears in the woods is blamed on big foot).
If you are interested in reading about this subject, this is definitely the book to get....because there are almost none other out there. All levity aside, this author has really done a lot of work researching this issue. I still want to read the original New Guinea trip. I found myself at time convinced of some of the arguments in the book. I like how the author is not out to prove every story in the book and takes great care to make sure he has the best ones. He tries hard to make sure there are not other explanations for sightings. I would say I have no position on whether or not these animals are still around. I just find it very difficult to believe, but this book is not hyperbole by any means. I guess if a pterasaur was discovered, I would not be surprised would be my position. The fact the author takes the story to the U.S. makes it all the more interesting, but a lot harder to believe. However, I do believe the author tried hard to deliver these stories and was very good at it. This is well written and very hard to put down.