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recently deceased pterosaur ("pterodactyl") in an old photograph

Bible Timetable Verified in Pterosaur Photo

By nonfiction author Jonathan Whitcomb

Clifford Paiva, a scientist living in California, this past January suggested I write a small book about what we have discovered in an old photograph. I just finished writing the nonfiction Modern Pterosaurs, which supports a Biblical timetable regarding the Flood of Noah.

The book answers the following questions:

  1. Why did it take so long for scientists to get a photo of an extant pterosaur?
  2. What supports the idea that some pterosaurs are not extinct?
  3. Why believe in eyewitnesses of these flying creatures?
  4. How many persons, worldwide, have seen living pterosaurs?
  5. Have the American researchers been honest?
  6. What have the two scientists discovered in the Ptp photo?
  7. How does the evidence greatly favor an extant pterosaur in Ptp?
  8. Why do Paiva and Whitcomb believe in modern pterosaurs?
  9. Why are finger-tips missing on the hand of one of the soldiers?
  10. How do we know that Photoshop was not involved in the photo?
  11. What dinosaurs have been Carbon-dated at only tens of thousands of years old?
  12. Is the animal seen in this photo a ropen?
  13. Who has seen a large featherless flying creature in the United States?
  14. Why are skeptics and critics wrong about the Civil War photograph?
  15. How is mathematical probability related to belief in modern pterosaurs?
  16. Why do some persons immediately reject the photo, before looking at it closely?
  17. What other nonfiction books have been written about extant pterosaurs?
  18. What is confirmation bias, and how does it relate to Ptp?
  19. How have hallucinations been eliminated in the great majority of sighting reports?
  20. Who has searched for living pterosaurs in Papua New Guinea?
  21. How do the two scientists know the photo is older than about 1870?
  22. Who made a hoax photograph that imitated the older one?

. . .

That is only part of what is covered in this little book of 115 pages: Modern Pterosaurs.

The genre is nonfiction cryptozoology, with only brief comments on the Bible and the Flood of Noah, yet the Biblical perspective is clearly supported. This is about the wonderful discovery made by two Christian scientists: a modern pterosaur in an old Civil War photograph.


recently deceased pterosaur ("pterodactyl") in an old photograph

The American-Civil-War photograph now called “Ptp” is verified authentic by two scientists


Nonfiction cryptozoology book on a photograph of an extant pterosaur

Modern Pterosaurs – nonfiction cryptozoology book




Civil War pterodactyl photo

. . . a scientist (Clifford Paiva, a physicist) has found a number of evidences for the authenticity of the image of the apparent Pteranodon in the older Ptp photo. These include consistent shadows under the boot of the soldier who stands in front of the animal, shadowing consistent with those found on and under the animal.


“Flying Dinosaur” Shot by Civil War Soldiers

. . . we agreed that the image of an apparent Pteranodon, in an old photograph, was a real animal. That photo, now called “Ptp,” is the subject of that nonfiction cryptozoology book.


Biblical Creationist Book

The nonfiction cryptozoology book Modern Pterosaurs . . . supports a Biblical Old Testament point of view . . .


Civil War Pteranodon Photo

The dead flying creature seen in the “Pteranodon photograph,” (Ptp) although it may be called a “pterodactyl” by some Americans and a “ropen” by others, could be a pterodactyloid pterosaur . . .


Pterosaurs in the British Isles

Recently I was fortunate to acquire a reprint copy of the 1909 book Folk Lore and Folk Stories of Wales, by Marie Trevelyan. The following, from the chapter “Dragons, Serpents, and Snakes,” pages 168 and 169, I found especially interesting, although the evidential value for promoting the concept of modern living pterosaurs is limited:

The woods around Penllyne Castle*, Glamorgan, had the reputation of being frequented by winged serpents, and these were the terror of old and young alike. An aged inhabitant of Penllyne, who died a few years ago, said that in his boyhood the winged serpents were described as very beautiful.

They were coiled when in repose, and “looked as though they were covered with jewels of all sorts. Some of them had crests sparkling with all the colours of the rainbow.” When disturbed, they glided swiftly, “sparkling all over,” to their hiding places. When angry, they “flew over people’s heads, with outspread wings bright, and sometimes with eyes, too, like the feathers in a peacock’s tail.”

He said it was “no old story” invented to “frighten children,” but a real fact. His father and uncles had killed some of them, for they were “as bad as foxes for poultry.” This old man attributed the extinction of winged serpents to the fact that they were “terrors in the farmyards and coverts.” [J. R.]

*also spelled “Penllyn.”

Old book by Marie Trevelyan (originally published in 1909) in recent reprinting: "Folk Lore and Folk Stories of Wales"

Book Folk Lore and Folk Stories of Wales

This account of strange flying creatures in Wales is more credible than some of the old tales from generations ago in Great Britain, but what is the probability that those “winged serpents” were a species of pterosaur? I submit that it’s close to neither 0% nor 100%. But it does suggest that a species of flying creature may have lived in Wales a few generations ago, a species not classified in Western biology, notwithstanding the stigma attached to the word “dragon.”


Birmingham, England, June of 2012

Last summer I received an email from a man who had recently observed something uncanny in Sheldon, Birmingham, England. It was a group of four huge flying creatures. I here include only part of that email:

. . . Directly up above, four birds effortlessly glided, straight lined above. They were dark, black even. No visible flapping of wings. The rear most bird caught my attention as it looked as if it was carrying something. . . .

As it was doing this it glistened from the suns reflection, a light blue / grey underside and a black/ dark geometrically perfect triangular topside. This was no bird I have ever seen before, in fact as I stood there trying to take it all in, for what probably lasted all of twenty seconds, I felt that it was perhaps something I . . . should not have seen. . . .

I realize that a skeptic might point to the word “birds” in the man’s message and dismiss the whole experience. But remember that he sent his message to me, Jonathan Whitcomb, and we know why people send me emails: not because of birds in the usual sense. In this case, this man also told me, “Since then I have researched as much as I can via Internet and am becoming more and [more] frustrated with not being able to share my account for fear of ridicule, hence this email.”

I noticed something in his description that reminded me of the Glamorgan “winged serpents.” He said, “. . . it glistened from the suns reflection.” Interesting that he should mention that. Perhaps those old flying creatures are not entirely extinct . . . perhaps.


Living Pterosaurs Worldwide

For those reports designating presence or absence of a long tail, 95% reported a long tail. Only 5% reported the flying creature did not have a long tail.

Pterosaur Book

Whitcomb promotes the idea that the some of the featherless flying creatures reported in Australia are related to the ropen of Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea: a long-tailed featherless flying creature that he believes is a Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur.


Pterosaur Book is Bestseller in its Genre

Yesterday afternoon I searched on Amazon for the best-selling Kindle ebooks in the genre of nonfiction cryptozoology. I eliminated, one by one, the fictions and the paranormal books in which cryptozoology played only a limited role. I also limited my searching to the first five pages. Here is the result, with lower numbers (as in golf) giving a better score:

  1. #43,261   Live Pterosaurs in Australia and in Papua New Guinea
  2. #59,735   Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts
  3. #67,583   There’s Something in the Woods
  4. #70,271   Destination Truth
  5. #85,336   Caverns, Cauldrons, and Concealed Creatures
  6. #164,782  Bigfoot!
  7. #179,005  Monsters of New Jersey: Mysterious Creatures . . .
  8. #185,768  Top Secret Sasquatch: Exposing . . .
  9. #204,867  AUSTRALIAN CRYPTOZOOLOGY: The Australian Yowie . . .
  10. #211,184  The Werewolf in America: The True History
  11. #227,546  Strange Animals. An Atlas and History. 1800 to 1977
  12. #228,196  Monster Spotter’s Guide to North America
  13. #243,697  Creature of Controversy: A Candid Look
  14. #244,653  Mysterious Kentucky
  15. #256,609  Monsters of West Virginia: Mysterious Creatures
  16. #264,362  Bigfoot in the New Jersey ‘Burbs
  17. #301,208  Bigfoot in Kentucky
  18. #326,973  You Are Sasquatch
  19. #350,515  THE YOWIE: In Search of Australia’s Bigfoot
  20. #355,536  The Beasts that Hide from Man
  21. #378,228  Biblical Cryptozoology Revealed Cryptids of The Bible
  22. #446,012  Extreme Expeditions: Travel Adventures
  23. #494,739  Hidden Animals: A Field Guide to Batsquatch


"Live Pterosaurs in Australia and in Papua New Guinea" cover of Kindle ebook

Cover of new ebook Live Pterosaurs in Australia and in Papua New Guinea (This nonfiction cryptozoology book is available on Amazon for $3.99 U.S.)


Press Release: Australians Have Seen Strange Flying Creatures

Whitcomb promotes the idea that the some of the featherless flying creatures reported in Australia are related to the ropen of Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea: a long-tailed featherless flying creature that he believes is a Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur.

New Ebook About Live Pterosaurs

I later realized what went wrong in the earlier interview in 1994: The interpreter had misunderstood Gideon, for “ten or twenty” did not refer to the number of ropens that he and his six friends had seen at Lake Pung; it was Gideon’s estimate of the size of the ropen in metres. [wingspan of about thirty feet]

New E-book about Live Pterosaurs

My newest book is not published in print-format but as an ebook (digital file only): Live Pterosaurs in Australia and in Papua New Guinea. The Kindle (Amazon) format should be supplemented by offerings in other digital formats within a few weeks. Here are quotes from the book, regarding eyewitness sightings:

[Interview of a World War II veteran] Hodgkinson: “. . . It was huge. . . . the wing flaps were maybe about one or two seconds in frequency, and the brush all below was totally swaying from the down-rush of the air . . . It turned around and came back, and it was up probably I would say maybe fifty or a hundred feet above us . . . We got a perfect side view of it. I was just totally fascinated. . . . It had the large appendage out the back of its head . . . I was so fascinated with the appendage out the back of his head, and I was watching that, as he flew by, and I didn’t pay attention to what the end of his tail looked like.”

[Regarding interview of a native, in 2004, of Umboi Island] I later realized what went wrong in the earlier interview in 1994: The interpreter had misunderstood Gideon, for “ten or twenty” did not refer to the number of ropens that he and his six friends had seen at Lake Pung; it was Gideon’s estimate of the size of the ropen in metres. That in itself explains why the seven teenagers ran home in terror. It also helps explain why American cryptozoologists who explore Umboi Island never see a flock of ropens.

[Sighting in Victoria, Australia] “. . . I am not a whacko, just a normal family man, married with a wife of 40 years . . . I have held a Real Estate Agent’s Licence since 1974 and worked as an Agent until 1989 and then in the Commonwealth Public Service for 18 years until my retirement . . . What I saw was what I first thought was a pelican flying about 3000 feet high but realised pelicans at that height did not look as large as this. . . . This thing was at least as large as a light plane, say a Cesna.”

[Sighting from the cockpit of a prop plane over the sea northwest of Australia] “I saw what I thought was a dark-coloured, single-engine aircraft coming on reciprocal heading at same height. . . . [My co-pilot] was head down, looking at a chart, so didn’t see it at that moment. . . . At that moment, its wings took one enormous, slow, articulated flap. This was no aircraft! I banked left and it went down our starboard side in the opposite direction. . . . We both agreed . . . we needed to seek advice on what it might have been. He said, ‘You know it looked like a . . .’   (and we both said “pterodactyl” simultaneously – and laughed).”

New Book on Living Pterosaurs

This book is in pure cryptozoology genre, somewhat like my print book Live Pterosaurs in America. There is very little reference to Biblical creationism or YEC or criticisms of the General Theory of Evolution.

Where do Fire-Breathing Dragons Come From?

What if the well-known fanciful images of fire-breathing flying dragons are not based 100% on fictional origins? All it takes for some cultures to develop that concept is a large bioluminescent Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur with noxious or poisonous emissions from the mouth (resembling smoke from the mouth).

Un nouveau livre sur ptérosaures modernes (French)

animaux qui volent sans plumes . . . ils ne sont pas les chauves-souris . . . rarement rapportées dans les journaux