Pterosaurs at Home in North America

For those who have spent much time hiking wilderness areas in North America, the places where a rare nocturnal predator might hide is beyond description. One researcher once dressed up in a Bigfoot costume and stood just inside some underbrush, for a long time, gazing at an evening outdoor party; even though all a person needed to do was look in that direction, nobody saw that “Bigfoot.” When a large flying creature flies around at night, well, that’s different. The only problem eyewitnesses have is trying to convince people that they’ve seen a large pterosaur flying overhead in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California.

Talk about North American living pterosaurs, Jonathan Whitcomb has a new web site, with pages about the Marfa Lights of Texas and the 1971 pterosaur sighting in Cuba (as if he hasn’t already written enough about living pterosaurs). He does not exactly compare the glowing lights of southwest Texas with Eskin Kuhn’s sighting at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but for those who are aware of the cryptozoology studies, the hypothesized connection is now well known.

How can pterosaurs live in North America? What can they eat? Well, what about carrion? The ropen of Papua New Guinea sometimes goes for dead things, as does the kongamato of Africa, at least according to some reports. Regardless of whether or not Marfa Lights are from bioluminescent pterosaurs, if a ropen-like or kongamato-like nocturnal flying creature can smell dead meat at night, in other parts of the world, why not in North America? There may be a sufficient niche there, even if pterosaurs in North America are rare.

I am aware that a certain cryptozoologist, with a name like mine although we are not related, has criticized the concept of living pterosaurs in the United States. I suspect he has not been sufficiently exposed to the reports of those who have seen those flying creatures. I HAVE been sufficiently exposed to them. I believe.

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