“Dragon” or “Big Bird” in Sandy and Draper, Utah

By the modern-pterosaur expert Jonathan David Whitcomb I interviewed three eyewitnesses in Draper, Utah, two days ago. The sightings were about four miles west of the mountains that are the eastern border of the Salt Lake Valley, near the southern area of the valley. They seem to have witnessed an American Hammerhead Ropen, what my …

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Modern Pterodactyls in the United States

The following post is by the modern-pterosaur expert and author Jonathan David Whitcomb Why do I use the word pterodactyl in some of my writings? It’s not from adhering to the scientific definition of pterodactyl but from a common word used by eyewitnesses. When a non-scientist observes a featherless flying creature that looks like a pterosaur, that eyewitness might …

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Ropen Sightings in the United States

Jurassic World has more fiction and more nonfiction than most film viewers would imagine. Who would guess that millions-of-years-since-extinction would be fictional and non-extinct pterodactyls would be non-fictional? Yet those who have encountered the ropen share a perspective that others may never have even dreamed of. And the flying creature called ropen is not confined …

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Ropen-Pterodactyl in Utah and Arizona?

Note that the phrase “flying dinosaur” is technically inaccurate, for pterosaurs are not actually dinosaurs. Some persons call them “prehistoric birds” or “pterodactyls,” although that’s also incorrect terminology. The ropen is considered, by some cryptozoologists, to be a modern Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur. Three things set the featherless ropens apart from bats: Long tails (Finschhafen-1944 sighting estimate: 10-15+ …

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