The latest analysis of the latest findings on sightings of pterosaurs indicates most sightings are not by lone persons, contrary to what had previously been believed. This is important for establishing a particular kind of credibility with eyewitnesses.
From the research of cryptozoologist Jonathan Whitcomb, from sighting accounts from various countries of the world, we learn that 53% of the sightings were with two or more persons (47% were of lone eyewitnesses). This casts severe doubt on allegations that eyewitnesses have been less than mentally healthy or have hallucinated a “flying dinosaur.” When two or more eyewitnesses encounter a live pterosaur, the possibility of hallucination is practically eliminated as a viable conjecture.
Pterosaur Observed in Hawaii
“My wife and my nephew both saw one about 4 years ago. My wife never lies, and I talked to them separately. Both described it exactly the same ! Between 3-4 foot wing span, sharp, long beak, featherless wings more like a bat than a bird, almost transparent, a fleshy, brownish pinkish grey color, and legs that laid straight back and fairly long, and (I knew what it was because of this!) a long featherless tail with what them described as Diamond on it’s tip !!! They saw it fly directly over them at between 60-100 feet.”
For more information about data on pterosaur sightings:
The proposal by some antagonists, that hoaxes caused sighting reports, is countered by Whitcomb’s data on wingspan estimates.
We need to be aware of the possibility of a number of species of pterosaurs living in various parts of the world, extraordinary as that may seem to many Westerners.
Live Pterosaurs in America, 3rd edition, by Jonathan Whitcomb, available online
From the Acknowledgements page:
In the United States of America—that’s where Scott Norman, in 2007, became the first American cryptozoologist to see a clear form of a living pterosaur while searching for one: a large flying creature with a head three to four feet long. We mourn the passing (from natural causes) of our young friend who is deeply missed in the cryptozoology community.
I give special thanks to Duane Hodgkinson, whose unflinching testimony gave birth to modern living-pterosaur investigations. His account of the 1944 sighting on the mainland of Papua New Guinea helped inspire Carl Baugh’s first expedition of 1993. Ignoring previous ridicule from those who would not listen, Hodgkinson told us of his experience, helping prepare the way for many expeditions in the southwest Pacific.
From a reader of the second edition:
This is an updated review of the book and I am changing my rating to 5 stars. This book has been on my shelf for almost a year now. I pick it up every now and then and a part of me becomes more impressed by the book every time. . . .
I highly recommend this. You may find yourself almost believing in it, although that is not even the authors intent! Whitcomb painstakingly reviews every account for credibility and reason. This man is not a crank. He tries to weed out would be hoaxes and miss-identification. This is not a guy looking to create evidence to confirm his own beliefs. On top of this, I have great respect for a guy who follows his dreams so passionately. He has traveled to Papua New Guinea to search for the creature there and this book is somewhat of a sequel if you will.