Pterosaur in Western Arkansas

Over the years, a number of eyewitnesses have given their accounts of pterosaurs flying in the southern states of the USA, including Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Here is a new account of a sighting in western Arkansas, although the sighting itself is old.

Pterosaur Sighting in Arkansas

“My father and I saw a huge, featherless bird [later labeled “teradactyl”] in Arkansas [summer of 1977] . . . when I was 16. I’ve been telling people my story since. We were sitting on big rocks at a cliff about 300 foot above the river when it flew out just under us and we watched it all the way down toward the river till it passed the tree lines. It was an awesome experience, indeed. It was however smaller, and wing span of maybe 8 ft and had a large head.

From the nonfiction book Live Pterosaurs in America:

. . . me and my older brother were sitting in our carport . . . in Texarkana, Arkansas. It was getting dark but there was plenty of light in the sky when we saw what we believe to be a pterodactyle. The wingspan seemed to be about 25’ to 30’ ft wide. It was probably about 70’ to 80’ off the ground, flying over a large tree in front of the house. . . . it just glided on air. The incident was very brief but nonetheless was an awesome sight to see.

What about pterosaur sightings in Texas, which is close enough to Arkansas when we think about where a large flying creature might fly? We have plenty of those, so here is another quote from that book:

Aaron Tullock was eight years old (about 1995) when he saw a hovering flying creature, most uncommon. Late in a sunny afternoon in Marion County, Texas, he was alone in the yard of his grandparent’s house.

“I saw a featherless flying animal with a wingspan of about 4 1/2 to 5 feet and a long tail with a diamond type shape at the tip of it. No hair or feathers anywhere, just leathery reptile type skin. I have a well established knowledge of animals, especially reptiles, so I can easily tell what animal something is and what it isn’t. The animal had bumps down its back, feet with longish toes . . .”

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