Author Archives: Jonathan Whitcomb

About Jonathan Whitcomb

Nonfiction cryptozoology author

Discovery of a 19th Century Living Pterosaur

By the living-pterosaur author Jonathan Whitcomb In January of 2017, the physicist Clifford Paiva talked by phone and agreed that the photograph now called “Ptp” had an authentic image of a modern pterosaur. We then began deeply examining the photo, … Continue reading

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Arkansas Pterosaur Sighting

I got a phone call today from a lady whom I will call DL. She looked out her window, about 40 minutes before sundown today and saw a ropen, for the long tail caught her attention. Before its appearance swarms … Continue reading

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Rhamphorhynchoid Pterosaurs and Ropens

The pterosaur suborder of Rhamphorhynchoidea, those long-tailed featherless flying creatures—they’re also called basal pterosaurs. For generations, many scientists have assumed that they became extinct, at least for most of their species, before the last of the Pterodactyloid pterosaurs dominated the … Continue reading

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Ropens in Western USA

According to Cryptozoology News (online), two eyewitnesses in Nevada recently saw a “reptilian-like bird” fly up and over their vehicle on Interstate-80 at 11:00 p.m., and the description of the flying creature included “long thin tail,” a head crest, and “a long … Continue reading

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Recent Ropen Sightings

For the past eleven years, I (Jonathan Whitcomb) have interviewed eyewitnesses of apparent pterosaurs from various areas of the world. Many of those whom I have questioned report a flying creature resembling what my associates and I call ropens. Let’s … Continue reading

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Non-Ropen Pterosaur Sighting in Papua New Guinea

Two Americans returned home to the Portland area of Oregon on Saturday, April 18, 2015, after having searched for a living pterosaur in Papua New Guinea for several weeks. No photograph or video footage was obtained but they did see … Continue reading

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The Van Meter Flying Creature

Yesterday I noticed a post by a skeptic who wrote about the legend of the Van Meter creature of 1903, a reportedly winged monster that frightened citizens in a small town in Iowa. (Actually, it appears there was more than … Continue reading

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Nonfiction Books That Mention Non-Extinct Pterosaurs

Not all books that include a sighting of an apparent living pterosaur are in the cryptozoology genre. Let’s begin with a translation of an ancient writing by the Jewish historian Josephus, who lived almost 2,000 years ago. The New Complete Works … Continue reading

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Scientific Testing of Dinosaur Bones: Carbon-14 Methods

This is about radiometric carbon dating of dinosaur fossils, but we need an introduction, for it also relates to reports of extant pterosaurs. Nikola Tesla once said, “The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane … Continue reading

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Religion in “Searching for Ropens and Finding God”

With a title that includes “finding God,” how much religion is in my recent nonfiction book? Actually not much. I wrote Searching for Ropens and Finding God (fourth edition) with readers of all faiths in mind, for anyone open to some kind … Continue reading

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