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…

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…

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…

Near the Colorado street exit from the northbound I-5 freeway - near where three "dragons" were seen flying on March 3, 2013

Pterosaur Sightings in the USA

I recently learned about an investigator who is compiling pterosaur sighting reports, of encounters in the United States. I encourage such research. I have hesitated making an exhaustive location-compilation myself: Some people assume that it could help predict where a modern pterosaur could be found or it could illuminate migration patterns. Probably nobody has had as much…

Columbia River Gorge between states of Washington and Oregon

Glowing Pterosaurs in State of Washington

Biology professor PZ Meyers appears to have become upset with my many web pages, including my post on Live Pterosaur: “Bioluminescent Pterosaurs in Southwest Washington State.” I will not here quote from the Meyers personal blog post, for the many sightings of apparent pterosaurs in Washington state—that deserves attention here, and my post on Live Pterosaur was mentioned by that critic.…

front cover for nonfiction cryptozoology book, 3rd edition

Plasma or Ropens Near Marfa, Texas?

Nobody has spent more hours actively investigating Marfa Lights in the field than James Bunnell, who lives in Texas. He has accumulated much valuable data on sightings of the truly mysterious lights, the ones that are clearly not related to car headlights. He deserves far more acclaim than he has received, from the majority of those who…

Rhamphorhynchoid Tail Flange

I’ll reveal a few details about a new sighting report, since this blog is more for eyewitnesses rather than researchers; more details will probably be forthcoming in the next few days, but let’s take a sneak preview of this encounter. It includes a reference to what I have long presented as evidence for a Rhamphorhynchoid tail in featherless…