nonfiction book about a photo of a 19th century pterosaur

Glen Kuban’s “Living Pterosaurs”

By the modern-pterosaur expert Jonathan D. Whitcomb (published May 20, 2017) We agree to disagree Glen Kuban (GK) and I have a few things in common. We’ve both been writing about reports of apparent extant pterosaurs (or those who believe in them) for a long time, and we’ve written a lot. I started late in 2003;…

Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur

Rhamphorhynchoid Pterosaurs

For many years, many scientists have assumed that the Rhamphorhynchoidea suborder of pterosaurs was an early “primitive” type, ancestral to the Pterodactyloidea (the shorter tailed ones depicted in movies). Yet modern sightings of long-tailed featherless flying creatures suggests many older ideas need to be examined in a new light. Remember that real science should allow…

Tyrannosaurus Rex kind of dinosaur

Carbon Radiometric Dating and Neutron Capture Speculation

Before getting into details about potential neutron capture and how it relates to radiometric dating of dinosaur bones, consider this introduction. According to the Paleo-Group web site (“Carbon Dating of Fossils“): Almost all paleontologists never date dinosaur bones, because they have assumed for some time that the bones have to be millions of years old. True science…

Reflecting on the Brown Mountain Lights of North Carolina

In this first week of March, 2015, I am now beginning to dig more deeply into reports of strange flying lights around Brown Mountain in Burke County, North Carolina. Brown Mountain, NC, is a long flat ridge with few distinguishing characteristics Comparing  Marfa Lights With Brown Mountain Lights The strangest flying lights of southwest Texas, the Marfa Lights…

long-necked dinosaur

Recent Dinosaurs and Carbon-14 Dating

Carbon radiometric dating of dinosaur bones—that relates to modern pterosaurs indirectly: Recently-living dinosaurs help people to realize that eyewitness reports of flying pterosaurs are more credible than people may have assumed. Yes, I am talking about dinosaurs that have lived relatively recently. Some dinosaurs appear to be well under 1% as old as Westerners have been taught,…

Hill Avenue and Altadena Drive, Altadena, California

Don’t get Carried Away with Large Pterodactyls

Ropens in general mostly eat fish, birds, bats, and carrion, to the best of my knowledge. I believe that modern Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaurs (AKA ropens) live in a number of species, probably specializing in a variety of uses of bioluminescence and in what each type of ropen eats. Humans are not a common prey for any species of modern “pterodactyl,” but…

Umboi Island image of J. D. Whitcomb

Donald Prothero and “Fake Pterosaurs”

Another paleontologist has stepped outside his field of expertise and railed against my writings about modern pterosaurs: Donald Prothero, who specializes in mammalian paleontology, according to Wikipedia. His November 24, 2014, post is titled “Fake Pterosaurs and Sock Puppets” on skeptic.com. I avoid linking to libelous pages, and this one includes “Whitcomb admitted the deception in…