Third edition of Live Pterosaurs in America
The cryptozoology book Live Pterosaurs
in America is shorter than Searching for
Ropens and Finding God, nevertheless
both are highly acclaimed by readers
Pterosaur seen in central Arkansas
The above sketch is by Richard Dobbs, Junior.
A “prehistoric bird” flew up from under a bridge
in central Arkansas, in the Spring of 2012, and
it then flew over the lady’s truck. (See page 222:
the book Searching for Ropens and Finding God.
Laura was interviewed by Jonathan Whitcomb)
This page of Paul Nation’s expedition
site refers to the sighting by British
biologist Evelyn Cheesman around
1930, on the mainland of New Guinea.
“I saw a flash of light somewhere below
the horizon. It was rather a slow flash,
and might have been made with an electric
torch by someone with a finger on the
switch to prolong it perhaps four seconds.
. . . by no possibility could there be human
beings out there using flash-lamps [flash-
lights] at intervals . . .”
See also Evelyn Chessman Lights
One satisfied reader of Live Pterosaurs in
America said, “This book is one of the best
books that I have ever read! It reminds us to
have an open mind and that the things we
have all been taught as fact ....may not be
fact at all.This is a very interesting and
educational book and may change the way
you see the world around you.” [verified
purchaser - Five stars for the third edition]
Copyright 2008-2016 Jonathan David Whitcomb
Duane Hodgkinson, WWII veteran
“My name is [kept private] I am a US Marine currently stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. I was out
feeding my chickens about 45 minutes ago, when they started acting strange, and took cover in the coop as if
they were in danger. Figuring there was a hawk or other bird of prey circling, I turned around and looked up to
see what it was. I could not believe my eyes. It appeared to be several feet long, and had a very large wing span,
perhaps 10 feet or more. It was gliding for the most part, and when it flapped it flapped 3 times consecutively in
very large flaps, followed by another long glide. I saw it do this only 3 times before it was out of sight. It had a
very long head. It's beak was about twice the length of the cone protruding from behind its head. . . . a very long
tail with what I can only describe as a diamond shape at the end.” (Email sent to Whitcomb early in 2013)
Sightings of Pterosaurs in the United States
Columbia River, northwest USA - photo by Jonathan Whitcomb
Eyewitness accounts of apparent "pterodactyls”
in America, including sightings of large ropens
Ropens in the United States? (modern long-tailed pterosaurs)
How could huge long-tailed pterosaurs be living here in the United States? Rephrase that question: "How could
ropens with wingspans as great as twenty-five to fifty feet be prevented from reaching the Western Hemisphere?"
With a few butterflies from North America being blown across the Atlantic Ocean to Ireland (Europe) regularly,
how can we be sure that no ropen from the Southwest Pacific has ever migrated across the Pacific? (It would not
necessarily be across the broadest expanse of the Pacific.)
Eyewitness testimonies demonstrate that the giant ropen may now live in North America, including in the USA.
Nonfiction book Live Pterosaurs in America
Cryptozoology book in its third edition
Jonathan Whitcomb, before and after writing the first edition of Searching for Ropens, received emails from
many witnesses of similar flying creatures in America. Those many eyewitness reports prompted him to write
a new nonfiction book: Live Pterosaurs in America. One reader said (on an Amazon customer review), “The
book uses eyewitnesses and delves into as many options as possible. It is well written. I am always looking
for strange flying creatures now . . .” [Felicia Hansen, verified purchaser - Five stars]
Another reader said, “So much of the Earth has not been explored so we could have them flying in our skies.
Scientists will have to be more open minded.” [Lyle K. Johnson, verified purchaser - Five stars]
Eyewitnesses of pterosaurs in Ohio
A minister was driving in Mount Vernon, Ohio, one morning in the fall of 2005, when he saw a "creature in
the sky . . . no feathers," and a long tail "with a diamond-shaped point at the end." It sounds a lot like a ropen.
In the summer of 2014, the cryptozoology author Jonathan Whitcomb got an email that included, “I live in
Columbus, Ohio. This winter of 2014 near Westerville Rd. and denune Ave. I walked my daughter to her bus
stop at about 6:45 a.m. As we stood there, out the corner of my eye, to my left, I saw something large flying
down the middle of the street. I turned to my left and see a pteradactyl. It was reddish brown with leathery
skin, three fingers on each triangle shaped wing, long beak . . . a long stub on top of its head, the skin red but
it had dots all over it that were orangeish brown. Its wings were wider than the street . . .”
A modern living pterosaur in Kansas?
In 2010, Whitcomb got an email from an eyewitness in Kansas:
“All my friends tease me but my brother and I saw some sort of very, very large bird up close and personally in
Northwest Kansas about 5 years ago in a swampy area near the Republican River running next to St. Francis,
Kansas. We were about 45 and 48 years old then.
“It took off from the swamp area right in front of us as we were walking. This swamp area is fully of quick
sand and is very primitive and untouched and silent. We both instantly grabbed on to each other and had the
same reaction and thought it was some sort of pterodactyl or thunderbird.
“We'd both seen condors before, including large California condors, and large blue cranes and herons, too, and
we knew for certain it was not either. We're highly intelligent business professionals who also have farming
and country backgrounds and each time we recall the event we both agree we'd seen something highly unusual
and like no other . . . bird we'd ever seen.”
In June of 2012, Whitcomb got the following email:
“This past Saturday evening (June 2, 2012) at about 10:45 pm my wife and I were leaving the small town of
Hudson, Kansas. We were traveling on a rural 2 lane highway. There was a row of trees along side the road on
the North, or right-hand side. As we approached the end of the tree row, something huge took to the air from
the top of the tree row.
“I am familiar with owls, etc, in this area and this thing dwarfed them. I said ‘what the Hell is that?’ My wife
said ‘did you see it too? it looked like a dragon. I don’t know what we saw, but we sure saw something huge.”
Report your sighting
Contact the cryptozoology author Jonathan D.
Whitcomb, by email, to report an encounter
Pterosaur sighting in Missouri
British scientist in New Guinea
Lucy Evelyn Cheesman (1881 – 1969),
British biologist and explorer, never did
arrive at any satisfactory explanation; the
natives would not explain the lights to her.
She would have been shocked at the
research done in more recent years, for
those lights are seen in other areas of
Papua New Guinea and they are now
ascribed to the bioluminescent glow of
giant living pterosaurs.
Jonathan Whitcomb gazes into a storm channel in Lakewood, California, near where a
long-tailed “dragon-pterodactyl” was reported to have flown in daylight on June 19, 2012
Sightings by Peter Beach, who once
taught a biology class at a small college
in the northwestern United States
“. . . we saw many . . . flashing lights. I
would have assumed . . . fireflies, but we
[don’t] have them in Washington. . . .
Many flashes were parallel to the river. . .
these things [catch] fish at night with
bioluminescence. At first I thought I was
just seeing shooting stars, but they were
all parallel to the river and close to the
horizon. . . . when the cloud cover came
in, I could still see the flashes. . . . under
the cloud cover.”
[apparent bioluminescence of pterosaurs]
Living pterosaurs reported across the United States of America
The following are only a few of the many reports of these featherless flying creatures in the USA:
Alabama, October of 2009 - no feathers but it did have hair - two men were eyewitnesses
Arizona, Phoenix, 2007 - near the airport - “no feathers and it was very large” - with a head crest
California, Irvine, 2007 - flying low and in front of a driver on a road - ropen about 30 feet long
Georgia, Winder, summer of 2008 - huge “pterodactyl” flew in front of car driven by Sandra Paradise
Kentucky, Lamero - near many caves - two creatures with “every characteristic of a pterodactyl”
Louisiana, Slidell - October of 2013 - 1-2 days after a storm - flying creature, tiny teeth, long neck
Maine - “I swear to God that I saw one where I live in Maine . . . wingspan was huge . . . no feathers”
Minnesota - three eyewitnesses - “a mouth full of small teeth in the back and larger in the front”
North Carolina, Jacksonville - lady later looked up “Rhamphorhynchus” and it was “definitely similar”
South Carolina, about fall of 1986 - No feathers, prominent head crest, long tail, 12-15-foot wingspan