Although it’s more common, in the United States, for an eyewitness of an apparent living pterosaur to use the word pterodactyl, I sometimes come across the phrase “flying dinosaur.” Consider now an encounter in July of 2012, in the words of the eyewitness herself:
Wed 18 2012 my two sons n i was traveling down Hwy 27 n Franklin Georgia around 8:15 or so in the morning…when i looked up n saw a flyin dinosaur..I was so shocked at what i was seein i started yealing to my sons to look up look up..i ask my oldest ..do u see what im seeing..n he goes..Wow..in i go what do u see..cause i wanted to make sure i could belive my own eyes n he goes..it looks like a Terradactyl…in i go…yeah it looks like a dinosaur to me too and dats my n my son story n we’re stickin to it.
Before going any further, please be clear in this: Eyewitnesses of apparent living pterosaurs are not always less skilled in the English language. Some of them are highly educated, and they include men and women in a variety of professions:
- an attorney in California
- a college professor in Florida
- a former biology professor in Oregon
- a scientist in Australia (Perth sighting)
- a president of an electronics company in New Hampshire
I could go on, with other eyewitnesses who reported to me their encounters with these astonishing featherless flying creatures, but I’ll let it go at that. We need to consider a common skeptical comment.
One criticism that I have seen more than once is something like this:
“How could living pterosaurs have gone undetected for so long?”
First, I see a contradiction: The reason a skeptic makes a comment like that is because somebody has reported that they saw a living pterosaur. In other words, it was not only detected but it was reported, so the skeptic is completely wrong in assuming that apparent living pterosaurs have gone undetected.
But I think the skeptic actually means something different, notwithstanding it may appear to be similar. The critic, when he or she asks something like the above question, probably assumes that any species of pterosaur that survived into the present day would have been discovered by one or more scientists before the day that the eyewitness (supposedly a non-scientist) reported the sighting in question. Not only that, but the skeptic probably assumes that when one scientist sees a living pterosaur then its existence will somehow automatically become common knowledge among scientists in general and the non-extinction of that species will become accepted by many scientists. How greatly would that skeptic be wrong! The reality is this: A scientist who reported seeing a living pterosaur would likely lose his or her position at a university or college or would lose his or her employment.
Another reality of which a typical skeptic would be ignorant is this: The number of eyewitnesses, worldwide, who have seen an obvious living pterosaur is at least in the tens of thousands, and the number of persons who have had some kind of an encounter, however brief and difficult to see clearly, with a living pterosaur is at least between 7 million and 128 million. How enormous is the depth of ignorance of the typical skeptic who encounters one eyewitness report of a non-extinct pterosaur and quickly rejects it! (Please be aware that those numbers are not from tabulations of eyewitness reports directly but from estimations based upon sightings that have been reported.)
By living-pterosaur expert Jonathan Whitcomb
Of course we mean “pterosaur” when we say “flying dinosaur,” but people use various words and phrases when they refer to this featherless flying creature . . .
Until 1938, the fish called Coelacanth was thought to have become extinct 65-million years ago. Does that number sound familiar?
Why should only adults see apparent living pterosaurs? In fact, some of the eyewitnesses of “pterodactyls” are children.
The older estimate for the number of sightings that Americans have had of living pterosaurs—1400 or more—is now believed to have been an under-estimate. It now seems that the number is more like in five or six digits at least, depending on one’s definition of “sighting.”
Let’s examine what’s been learned from sighting reports that are mostly from North America, with a critical eye on the overall honesty-credibility of eyewitnesses.
In mid-2012, a lady and her sons saw a “flying dinosaur” in the city of Franklin, GA.