How can Modern Pterosaurs Remain Hidden?

Not many months ago, a flying creature was observed in Southern California. This time it was nothing like any pterosaur, nothing like a news story. It was a fledgling mocking bird, not yet able to fly. It was trying to hide in the flower garden near the front door of a family child care facility. Strange to tell, that baby bird was seen by only one person that week, although many parents and children had walked past that part of the flower garden, countless times missing the fledgling; the bird was only inches from people who overlooked it. And it was not a large flower garden, by any means.

Sometimes I read comments from skeptics, sometimes resembling, “How could modern pterosaurs remain hidden?” I ask a different question: “In a society that teaches the universal extinctions of all species of dinosaurs and pterosaurs, how could any species of uncommon nocturnal pterosaur be officially discovered in that society?”

Modern pterosaurs remain hidden, in the United States and in other Western countries, for many reasons, one of which is that they have so many places to hide in so many large wilderness areas. If a baby bird can remain hidden from almost everybody passing within inches of it, a large pterosaur can remain hidden in hundreds of square miles of forests and other wilderness areas.

Quoting From an Upcoming Cryptozoology E-Book

Darwin emphasized extinctions. In time, the concept of many extinctions in the distant past was accepted by many scientists. That created an atmosphere unfriendly to any eyewitness account of a live pterosaur, to put it mildly. What scientist would have believed it? The pterosaur-extinction dogma pre-dated Darwin. But if an eyewitness referred to a flying dragon, then “dragon” would have sounded too unscientific. Whatever an eyewitness said, before the twentieth century, any report of anything like a pterosaur would have been rejected by most scientists.

On that point, I have found many rejections of eyewitness testimonies to be far from objective and far from mild-mannered. One skeptic, a non-scientist, built a whole web site to ridicule the concept of modern dinosaurs and pterosaurs, putting the words “stupid” and “lies” into the URL address of the site. We now understand something of what eyewitnesses feel and why some of them probably never report their encounters.

New Book on Live Pterosaurs

“. . . The first discovery of a pterosaur fossil by a Western scientist, in 1784, was decades before Charles Darwin began writing about his ideas on extinctions and evolution. Before Darwin, Western scientists had assumed that all species of pterosaurs were extinct for a simple reason: Those who discovered the fossils had no experience with any similar animal that was living.”

Cryptozoologist Replies to a Newspaper Article

Over the past seven years, I have received emails (from eyewitnesses of apparent living pterosaurs) from various parts of the world: Australia, Papua New Guinea, Europe, Africa, and elsewhere. But most of the reports come from Americans: Many sightings have been in California, Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kansas, and in other states. More reports come from California and Texas than from any other two states.

Pterosaur News Hoax

. . . the original newspaper article included . . . the creature’s image being found imprinted in the rock formation. I see several bits of evidence that point to a hoax . . . With no original source available, we can safely assume that this story is a hoax.