Charlamagne Tha God saw a Live-Pterodactyl

By the cryptozoology author Jonathan Whitcomb

In a podcast with Andrew  Schulz, late in August of 2020, Charlamagne Tha God said the following (quoting part of what he said):

I saw a pterodactyl. . . .   [TV news broadcast in South Carolina in the early 1980’s] pterodactyl in the . . . sky. I don’t know if the pterodactyl was sick or what, but somehow or another this pterodactyl came down to the ground, and you could tell like it  was sick . . . on the ground . . . in pain . . .

. . . They told us [in the news show] . . . that it was a robot or . . . mechanical . . . . but there was a time in South Carolina, between South Carolina and North Carolina, people used to see pterodactyls all the . . . time.

[regarding what was shown in the TV news show] there’s no way that could have been some kind or . . . mechanical . . . they told us it was a mechanical kite . . . I’ll never forget it.

Charlamagne Tha God is well known in some circles and interviewed former vice president Joe Biden earlier in 2020. Be aware: At least some of his shows may be confrontational and include raunchy language.

Charlamagne Tha God photo

Charlamagne Tha God (see bottom of this page)

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Pterosaur Sightings in South Carolina

I uploaded this short video to my Youtube channel Protect Animal Life on January 6, 2020, and it was doing better than average . . . From August 27-28, however, it skyrocketed: Instead of 10-18 views a day, it soared into the hundreds, sometimes at least 50 views per hour. I searched for the reason and found it in the comments.

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Pterodactyl sightings

“I know what it was. It wasn’t a heron; it wasn’t a vulture; it wasn’t an albatross.” The eyewitness was shocked to see that the creature had both a head crest (common in Pterodactyloids) and a long tail with a “diamond tip” (common in Rhamphorhynchoids).

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Pterosaur sightings in South Carolina

Yesterday I uploaded a short video to my Youtube channel Protect Animal Life. (You can find the video itself below.) It’s a short introduction to four sightings in South Carolina . . .

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Sightings of pterodactyls in North Carolina and South Carolina

Look not to a biology professor at a university, if you should be one of the lucky ones who has seen an apparent living pterosaur in states like South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, or North Carolina . . .

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Flying creatures like pterosaurs

Sightings of Living Pterosaurs

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Non-extinct pterodactyls

Paperback nonfiction book Live Pterosaurs in America

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Pterosaur sightings in the USA

10 most shocking facts – Youtube video

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Youtube Videos on Living-Pterosaurs

By cryptozoologist Jonathan Whitcomb

As we approach the 15-year anniversary of my ropen expedition on Umboi Island, I’ll share my views on some Youtube videos and playlists: about these amazing flying creatures. You choose which ones to watch.

Giant Pterodactyl in California

You deserve to know the truth about these accounts of sightings of gigantic living pterosaurs. Enjoy this lively music video as you learn about the shocking flying creatures men and women have encountered in California.

As of mid-September of 2019, this mini-documentary/music-video has the most views of any video on the Youtube channel Protect Animal Life (PAL), and it has 14 likes and no dislikes, with 21 comments. I recommend you watch this upbeat little production on several sightings of modern pterosaurs in California.

Pterodactyls in the Tropics (playlist on PAL)

Here we have apparent living pterosaurs in countries like Papua New Guinea and Cuba. Here are the video titles for this Youtube playlist:

  1. Ropen of Papua New Guinea
  2. Do Pterodactyls Live in Hawaii?
  3. Modern Pterosaurs in a Scientific Paper
  4. Flying Dinosaurs in Africa
  5. The Girl who saw a Flying Dinosaur
  6. People of Umboi – Island of the Ropen
  7. Living Pterosaurs – Part 1
  8. Ropen – cryptid
  9. Ropen Song – I’d never find you in a zoo

Ropen – cryptid

This video is only 13 days old, yet it has already been helping the PAL channel to grow, with 11 comments and having gained two subscribers for PAL.

I (Jonathan Whitcomb) appear in my living room, explaining about the ropen of Papua New Guinea about about how natives who have many different village languages have different names for these nocturnal flying creatures.

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Scientific paper on living pterosaurs

. . . here is an introduction to that peer-reviewed article, with links to images of some of the pages. It was published in Volume 45 of the Creation Research Society Quarterly (issue: Winter of 2009), beginning on page 200 of that issue.

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Ropen Song on Youtube

You’re not a magic dragon
But you do live by the sea
On a far-off jungle island
In a land called Siassi

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Protect Animal Life

Youtube videos about modern living pterosaurs

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Living pterosaurs on Facebook

Protect Animal Life

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Ropen (Pterosaur) in Draper, Utah

By the nonfiction cryptozoology author Jonathan Whitcomb

I write books about flying creatures whose descriptions suggest living pterosaurs. In general, most of the reports that get to me appear to actually have been from those non-extinct pterosaurs, strange as that may sound to many people. That strangeness may sometimes be a problem.

For those new to this blog, a pterosaur is not actually a “flying dinosaur,” although many Americans call it by that incorrect name. It is a featherless non-bat flying creature. People several centuries ago probably mostly called them “dragons.” The big problem with the strangeness of one of those words or the phrase “flying dinosaur” is this: When a community or neighborhood might potentially be in danger, how do you warn them about a large ropen? It’s just too easy for anyone ignorant of those animals to assume the person reporting one is crazy or a fanatic.

If you don’t already know, a ropen is a particular kind of modern pterosaur, one that has a long tail. The end of that tail, when somebody looks at that end rather than at the menacing beak, often is seen to have a structure, sometimes called a “diamond.”

This morning I interviewed, face-to-face, an eyewitness of an apparent living pterosaur that flew over his backyard in Draper, Utah, on Sunday, November 4, 2018. He  seemed perfectly credible to me, and I also talked with his wife and found nothing wrong with her deportment.

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new houses in Draper, Utah

Houses west of the one where a ropen flew over the backyard in November of 2018

The creature flew over their backyard at about 5:30 p.m., on Sunday, November 4, 2018, at a height of possibly less than 50 feet at one point. The closest it came to the man, in horizontal distance, may have been about 85 feet.

The wingspan seems to have been between about 16 feet and about 28 feet. Those wings had a very uneven shape to them in the trailing edge.

Other eyewitnesses have reported a similar flying creature in western Draper, the other encounters being about two miles away in the year 2017.

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Pterosaur in Draper, Utah

On June 26, 2017, my wife and I met with several eyewitnesses in a neighborhood of Draper, Utah, (in the southern part of the Salt Lake Valley) a few miles west of the Wasatch Mountains. Each of the four persons we talked with lived within about 300 yards of each other and a little south of the Swire Coca Cola complex . . .

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Book for a 10-year-old girl

To precisely judge what might be the best Christmas (or birthday) gift for a ten-year-old girl requires knowing the interests of that child. If you’ll excuse me for promoting my own book, however, please consider my new nonfiction The Girl who saw a Flying Dinosaur. It’s for middle-grade children and youth up to about fourteen years old.

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Flying dinosaurs

Press release on these flying creatures (pterosaurs)

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Ropens may catch fish

A native village leader on Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea, encountered a strange light shining down on him as he was in a canoe, over a reef at night, while his buddy was underwater trying to catch fish with a flashlight.

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Pterosaur sightings in Utah

. . . we stared up at the night sky . . . [My brother] suddenly noticed something and started yelling something about a giant bird . . . At around the same time, the animals in the farm next to us started going berserk. . . . Suddenly as I looked up at the night sky, the farm animals started up again and then I saw it.

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Are modern pterodactyls dangerous?

The “pterodactyl attacks” do not seem to come just from the imagination of the author of Bird From Hell, although he displays a keen sense of imagination in his writing (not necessarily in any negative sense of “imagination”). He reports quite a few cases in which residents of a sparsely-populated area of British Columbia have been attacked at night by a large flying creature.

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Books about non-extinct pterosaurs

A limited revision of Searching for Ropens and Finding God, the fourth edition, does include new material at the end of the appendix, an interview I had with Professor Peter Beach and with the nonfiction author Milt Marcy.

Dragons and Flying Snakes

By cryptozoology author Jonathan Whitcomb

I sometimes encounter the word dragon, in my communications with eyewitnesses of apparent living pterosaurs, but rarely encounter or use the phrase “flying snake,” unless it’s in reference to the fiery flying serpent in the Bible or in the Book of Mormon. We now look at a chapter in the book Strange & Unexplained Happenings, Volume 3, by Jerome Clark and Nancy Pear, with subtitle “When Nature Breaks the Rules of Science” (International Thompson Publishing, 1995).

paranormal book by Jerome Clark and Nancy Pear

Third volume of the paranormal book by Clark and Pear

The first section of the chapter “Folklore in the Flesh” has a number of references to old sightings, at least some of which could have been encounters with non-extinct pterosaurs. The title of this section, for pages 447-452, is “Flying Dragons and Other Sky Serpents,” and it begins by quoting from Historia Anglorum by Henry of Huntingdon (c. 1088 to c. 1157):

Red signs appeared in the sky after sunset, and horrid serpents were seen in Sudsexe*, with great amazement. . . . [19 years later] exceptional flashes of lightning, and fiery dragons were seen flying in the air . . .

*”Sudsexe” is the ancient word for Sussex in England.

Yet glowing dragons and reports of flying snakes are not confined to English folk tales and legends from many centuries ago. We also find, in Strange & Unexplained Happenings, an account of a strange flying creature in what is now southern Namibia, and this was investigated by Marjorie Courtney-Latimer (sometimes with the spelling Courtenay), famous for her discovery of the living coelacanth in the early 20th century.

A farmer sent his 16-year-old son to investigate why he heard reports of a large flying snake in nearby mountains, for native shepherds had gone on strike because of it. The boy not only had his own encounter with the creature but was rendered unconscious as he noticed a strong odor after the huge flying “snake” had landed. I suspect he encountered a large ropen, what my associates and I believe is a long-tailed modern Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur.

In 2011, I communicated with a man who reported recently observing an apparent living pterosaur in Windhoek, Namibia. It appeared to be about half the size of a private airplane and seemed to be devoid of the primary feathers which are commonly seen on the ends of the wings of large birds.

A few years ago, I received a number of sighting reports from Southern California, and the following words and phrases were sometimes used:

  • dragon-pterodactyl
  • dragons

The descriptions of the flying creatures led me to believe that they had seen living pterosaurs, even when some of the sightings were in populated cities in Southern California. These animals are not at all confined to ancient legends or in remote wildernesses where people rarely venture. They fly whenever and wherever they chose to fly, although they are generally mostly nocturnal.

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Are Dragons Pterosaurs?

Both grandmothers and wolves are actual living beings of this world, even though the story “Little Red Riding Hood” is a fictional story. In a similar way, old legends need not be 100% fictional.

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Living Pterosaurs in North Carolina

People in North Carolina, and in other states of the USA, need to know that these sightings are taking place.

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Fiery flying serpent

The Bible mentions fiery flying “serpents” as real animals, causing death to many of the people of Israel in the desert many centuries ago.

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Living pterosaur in Namibia

I recently received an email from a man in Windhoek, Namibia (southwestern Africa). A few weeks ago, just after breakfast, at about 10:00 a.m., while sitting in his garden, he saw what he . . . later thought [was] more like a “prehistoric animal.”

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“Pterodactyls” in California

Over many years of research and interviewing eyewitnesses, I’ve often encountered reports of pterosaur sightings in California, flying creatures that many Americans would call “pterodactyls.”

 

More “Pterodactyls” in North Carolina

By living-pterosaur expert Jonathan D. Whitcomb

This answers some of what is found in two newspaper articles published online, both of which reported, in mid-January of 2018, sightings of apparent living pterosaurs, or “pterodactyls,” in North Carolina. They also commented on my writings on these flying creatures. Because of mistakes and weaknesses in these two newspaper stories, I don’t want to make them too dominating in search engine results: I won’t provide links here, but both articles should be easy enough to find.

“Are there flying dinosaurs in NC? One woman says she’s seen them 3 times in Raleigh” — in the News & Observer, January 11, 2018 (N&O)

“Flying Dinosaurs Sightings Are On The Rise in North Carolina” — in Charlotte Stories, January 12, 2018 (CS)

I don’t mean that publishing those two news articles did more harm than good, not at all. People in North Carolina, and in other states of the USA, need to know that these sightings are taking place. It’s just that accuracy and fairness were far from perfect.

Definition of “Cryptozoology”

I’ll give my own definition:

Cryptozoology is a collection of human activities, each of which involves some degree of positive thinking about the possibility that a potentially real animal, one that has not yet been accepted as real by Western scientists in general, is a real animal.

I suggest that the above definition is more accurate than many others, especially the one on Wikipedia. Unfortunately, the writers of the N&O news article chose to use something like the Wikipedia definition.

Using the above definition, however, can help people to understand that cryptozoology is not pseudoscience, not unscientific, and is not a branch of zoology. The Wikipedia article is not 100% wrong, yet it is far from accurate and completely wrong in saying “it does not follow the scientific method.” It could be more accurate to say that scientists do not follow the scientific method in their common daily routines.

In reality, any cryptozoologist can use the scientific method as much or as little as he or she chooses. For example, I have used wingspan estimates from a compilation of sighting reports and came to conclusions based upon the shape of that overall numeric data. That was only one step in a process, however, for the scientific method involves a number of processes. The final stage came to this: the overall data from the 128 more-credible sighting reports points to these encounters being with real animals, and most of the sightings, if not all of them, were most likely of modern living pterosaurs.

wingspan estimates for modern pterosaurs

Seventy-four of the eyewitnesses made estimates for wingspan

From the book Searching for Ropens and Finding God (cryptozoology book)

Am I (along with my Associates) Crazy?

The News & Observer article may not be far off when it says, “Dismissed as lunacy by paleontologists and other academics, Whitcomb’s work . . .” In reality, however, only a tiny fraction of the paleontologists of the world, or even in the United States, are likely aware of my work. Among those limited numbers who know about my living-pterosaur investigations, a few have been vocal in criticizing my work and writings or ridiculing the religious beliefs of me and my associates. In reality, only a tiny fraction of my writings have been about religion, and the critics have usually written as if they knew my religious beliefs. In other words, they write about what they imagine I believe rather than about what I have actually written or about what I actually believe.

Why do I mention that kind of belief here? Many of the scientists who criticize the ideas of me and my associates often write about our religious beliefs, something even mentioning religion more than they mention anything scientific.

If my associates and I are in the minority, among Western scientists and researchers, regarding religious belief in scriptures (like those about the Flood of Noah in the Bible) that does not make us crazy. It may, however, make us resemble Sir Isaac Newton much more than our critics resemble him, in terms of belief in the Bible.

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Smoky Mountains of North Carolina

Smoky Mountains in North Carolina

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4th edition, front cover: Searching for Ropens and Finding God

Fourth edition of Searching for Ropens and Finding God, by Whitcomb

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Pterodactyl sighting in Raleigh, North Carolina

Universal extinction is the assumption, in Western culture, regarding pterosaurs, so when somebody reports a pterosaur sighting in Raleigh, North Carolina, we can expect objections from skeptics.

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Apparent Living Pterosaurs in North Carolina

Where do these flying creatures appear? They have been reported in Raleigh, Durham, Asheville, Wilmington, and in other areas of N.C.

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Talk-show interview of Whitcomb early in 2018

Whitcomb wrote nine editions of four nonfiction books, one scientific paper in a peer-reviewed journal of science, and over a thousand web pages and blog posts on sighting reports of featherless flying creatures described like pterosaurs.

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Living Pterosaurs

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; and GK, in 2004. We differ, however, in how we interpret those reports.

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Living Pterosaurs Declaration on “Clear Thinking”

The second part of PLP goes into more details, regarding encounters with apparent extant pterosaurs, compared with DLP, and there is limited overlapping of what sightings are covered.

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Living Pterosaur in South Carolina

I may have included the following eyewitness report of a living pterosaur in one of my nonfiction books, but it seems that I have not previously published the account online, so here it is . . .

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Statistics on Living Pterosaur Sightings in the USA

By nonfiction-cryptozoology author Jonathan Whitcomb

This morning I published a news release:

Living Pterosaurs in the United States (abbreviated title)

Expect a revision of the list in 2018, so the map may look different after additional sighting reports are added. Why publish a press release now, when the sighting list is not yet complete? It will never be complete, for people continue to encounter these featherless flying creatures in the USA, but the public needs to know what is flying overhead in North America and in Hawaii, and they need to know it now.

The list itself is not in that press release but it was written based upon what I discovered  from comparing the number of sightings with state populations.

These 161 reports are only a tiny fraction of the actual encounters American have had with apparent living pterosaurs over the past few decades. The actual number could be a thousand times that many. In other words, this sample may be too small to draw many conclusions about where in the USA non-extinct “pterodactyls” are more common. It may give us a hint about human nature, however.

map of the USA - sighting reports of living pterosaurs

The statistical figure for Hawaii (not shown) is 44.1

The top eight states, in relation to human populations, for reported pterosaur sightings are as follows, with actual number of sightings in parenthesis. The numbers on the right are reports per six-million human residents or the equivalent in ratio.

Hawaii (ten) = 44.1

Utah (nine) = 19.5

Oklahoma (seven) = 11.2

Kansas (four) = 8.4

Arkansas (four) = 8.3

Virginia (ten) = 7.5

Georgia (twelve) = 7.4

West Virginia (two) = 6.5

Clarification of Pterosaur Reports and Human Population

The numbers on the right are for comparing the number of reported sightings per six million persons. Since the populations of Virginia and Georgia are more than six million each, the number of reports are greater than the numbers on the right. In other words, if six million people lived in Virginia, then the number of reports would have been seven or eight (7.5). The actual number of reports from Virginia, however, is ten, for the actual number of people living in Virginia is over eight million.

Why are Sightings Reported so Frequently in Hawaii?

I offer the following possible reasons why so many reports are from Hawaii:

  • People stay out of doors a lot there, all through the year
  • The climate may better support modern pterosaurs
  • People may be more open to believing in what they see in HI

I’ve noticed, over the years, that some reported sightings of flying “pterodactyls” come from eyewitnesses who seem to spend more time outdoors than the average person. It could be when they’re driving or riding as a passenger in a car. Some of the other eyewitnesses were watching the stars at night or just enjoying a beautiful outdoor scene. Hawaii is a perfect place to look around outside, so we should not be shocked that sighting reports are more numerous from that state.

Pterosaurs may actually thrive in this tropical paradise, and people may instinctively recognize that possibility. That makes the third point more likely: When someone sees an apparent pterosaur flying over an island of Hawaii, he or she will probably be more likely to accept that what was apparently seen was actually what it appeared to be.

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Pterosaurs living in Hawaii

Last night I got a phone call from Les Kouke, who now lives in Colorado Springs. He had sent me an email, a few years ago . . . was living on the isand of Oahu, Hawaii, when he was twelve years old. It was around 1970 when he saw the creature flying about a hundred feet high . . .

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Pterosaur sighting in Utah

Where was that flying thing [looking like a dragon] flying? Over Stansbury Island, which is in the Great Salt Lake of Utah.

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Pterodactyl flying in Oklahoma

. . . my friend that was with me immediately said “Is that a dragon!?” It had a long tail, pointed wings straight to the side, short head. I thought it was a giant bat, but it would have to be the largest bat in the world.

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Living pterosaur in Kansas

Sightings in the following states of the USA:

  • California
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Kansas
  • Texas
  • Florida

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Pterodactyl seen in Arkansas

“It was probably 1982 when me and my older brother were sitting in our carport [in Texarkana, Arkansas] It was getting dark but there was plenty of light in the sky when we saw what we believe to be a [pterodactyl]”

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Featherless flying creature in Virginia

. . . the bird (?) I saw was much bigger and looked like a pterodactyl.

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Large creature or dragon flying in Georgia

It now seems plausible that a species of ropen lives in Georgia [USA]. David Schroder has allowed me to reveal his real name.

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