Three Books on Live Pterosaurs in North America

Does anyone know of a nonfiction cryptozoology book that is mostly about reports of modern living pterosaurs in some part of North America? If it is a book other than the following three, please let us know. (Listed in order of most recent publication)

  1. Live Pterosaurs in America (third edition) – Sightings in many of the 48 continguous states of the USA
  2. Bird From Hell (second edition) –  Sightings in British Columbia, Canada
  3. Big Bird – Sightings in Texas

three nonfiction cryptozoology books on extant pterosaurs in North America

The three covers have one thing in common: images that look much more like pterosaurs than like any bird or bat. Before we dig into the content, consider some basics, beginning with Amazon reader reviews. Since most revisions are similar to the original edition, when reviews are considered, all editions are combined. The star ratings are more useful when only the “Amazon Verified Purchase” is considered, for this practically eliminates both non-reading critics and friends-of-author.

Average Ratings in Amazon-Verified-Purchase Reviews (five stars is best)

  1. Live Pterosaurs in America:  4.75 (four ratings)
  2. Bird From Hell: 4.00 (one rating)
  3. Big Bird:  3.25 (four ratings)

From the Book Descriptions on Amazon

Live Pterosaurs in America

Encounter eyewitness accounts of living pterosaurs in the United States. Live “pterodactyls?” In the United States? Many scientists have long assumed all pterosaurs died millions of years ago. Now take a whirlwind tour of many years of investigations in cryptozoology, and prepare for a shock: At least two species of pterosaurs have survived, uncommon, not so much rare as widely, thinly distributed.

Bird From Hell

As children, we are captivated by stories of huge, fantastical creatures, such as the wooly mammoth and the pterodactyl. The prevailing wisdom is these species are long extinct, but new evidence uncovered by author Gerald McIsaac casts doubt on these widely held assumptions. McIsaac gathered stories from the elders of the First Nation-those who were formerly referred to as Indians, Native Americans, or Aboriginals. First Nation elders provided McIsaac with detailed descriptions of six species long thought to be extinct. These species include the “Devil Bird” . . .

Big Bird

A LEGEND ON LEATHER WINGS! The Indians called it the Thunderbird, a winged monster so vast that the beating of its mighty pinions sounded like thunder. But this ancient beast is not to be held in the cage of mythology. Today, from all over the dusty U.S. / Mexican border come hair-raising stories of modern day encounters with winged monsters of immense size and terrifying appearance.

Books About Live Pterosaurs in North America

Number of Pages

  1. Live Pterosaurs in America  154 pages
  2. Bird From Hell  124 pages
  3. Big Bird  108 pages

Publication Date

  1. LPA (third edition) – Nov 2, 2011
  2. BFH (second edition) – April 21, 2011
  3. BB – February 1, 2007

Present Sale Price on Amazon (on January 9, 2012)

This is the sales price, not the suggested retail price (SRP). Authors have limited control here, if any. Names are abbreviated.

  1. LPA – $9.82
  2. BFH – $11.04
  3. BB –   $11.75

Cryptozoology Books

The most recent cryptozoology book on living pterosaurs, I believe, is my second edition [now in third edition] of Live Pterosaurs in America, published November 20, 2010 [third ed. publ. Nov 2, 2011]. As far as I know, it is the only nonfiction book devoted to eyewitness reports of these creatures flying in many areas of the United States.

Title Page of LPA-2:

Reports of huge flying “pterodactyls” in American skies have floated around the internet for years; but before about 2005, details were scarce. When an eyewitness was named, the interviewer was often anonymous; even when an eyewitness was credible, and the account published in a newspaper, the story was ridiculed, discouraging others who had also seen strange flying creatures. Where could eyewitnesses go? What a predicament for them! Who would believe their reports?

Page 31 of LPA-2, Sighting in Wisconsin:

. . . a sighting I had back in the late 1970’s or early 1980’s. I grew up on a farm and picked cucumbers to make money as a kid. . . . one late afternoon, I had just brought out the tractor to pick up the bags of cucumbers when I noticed a strange looking bird in the sky. . . . The thing that caught my eye was that it looked like something straight out of the dinosaurs era. It scared the . . . out of me right away. I knew it was not a sand hill crane, which we have a few hundred migrating thru. What stood out was the long pointed head and the fact that there was a very long tail between the legs and with a ball shaped on the end of it.

Big Bird

Ken Gerhard is an accomplished cryptozoologist and field researcher for The Centre for Fortean Zoology and The Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization , as well as a fellow of the Pangea Institute.

Amazon.com Book Description of Big Bird

A LEGEND ON LEATHER WINGS! The Indians called it the Thunderbird, a winged monster so vast that the beating of its mighty pinions sounded like thunder. But this ancient beast is not to be held in the cage of mythology. Today, from all over the dusty U.S. / Mexican border come hair-raising stories of modern day encounters with winged monsters of immense size and terrifying appearance.

Searching for Ropens (Second Edition, by Jonathan Whitcomb)

Amazon.com Book Description of Searching for Ropens

Expanded second edition: An American flight instructor, an Australian psychologist, many natives on tropical islands, an Australian couple, a Baptist minister, a teenaged farm-boy–each saw a giant living pterosaur. Each was amazed, or terrified, or shocked by a brown or dark-colored featherless creature: long-tailed and with a wingspan as great as fifty feet. Why have many Western scientists been wrong about universal extinctions? Read how standard models of macro-evolution have actually caused the problem, indoctrinating millions into believing that pterosaurs are extinct and ancient. They live now.

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Live Pterosaurs in America - third edition - by Jonathan WhitcombFrom the back cover of Live Pterosaurs in America (third edition):

Scott Norman did not believe he would see a living pterosaur, as he sat alone, taking his turn watching the night sky. A bird is what his friends had probably seen. But at 2:00 a.m., less than forty feet away, what flew over the shed was no bird. The head alone was about four feet long; the head crest, two feet long, like that of a Pteranodon.

Discover for yourself these amazing yet true stories and why they are usually absent from news headlines. Learn of the searches and research done by a few American cryptozoologists who stand up to ridicule and proclaim the truth. Why delay? Each account was scrutinized before inclusion in this nonfiction book. Each person who reads it receives something that can make life more meaningful or at least more exciting. See for yourself.

Third edition published November 2, 2011

SRP: $13.65

Written by Jonathan David Whitcomb

Cryptozoology Books on Living Pterosaurs

Big Foot and Nessie, move over. A living pterosaur is catching attention, and the ropen has now become a valid cryptid. In recent years, two nonfiction cryptozoology books about living pterosaurs have been published (Searching for Ropens and Live Pterosaurs in America); two more books have been written with major living-pterosaur content (Big Bird and Dinosaurs – Dead or Alive).

Live Pterosaurs in America

The best-selling cryptozoology book in this genre, Live Pterosaurs in America analyzes eyewitness sighting reports for encounters within the forty-eight contiguous states of the U.S.A., with many states included: California, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, New York, Rhode Island, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Kansas, and several others. Title Page, first paragraph:

Reports of giant flying “pterodactyls” in American skies—those have floated around the internet for years; but before about 2005, details were scarce. Even when an eyewitness was named, the interviewer was often anonymous; even when an eyewitness was credible, and the account published in a newspaper, the story was ridiculed, discouraging others who had also seen strange flying creatures. Where could eyewitnesses go? Who would believe them?

The second edition of “Live Pterosaurs in America” will be published around late-November, 2010, with the following *cover, probably:

*The nonfiction book about living pterosaurs in the United States, second edition

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Searching for Ropens (now in second edition) (Don’t confuse this with the book above, both by Whitcomb)

A cross-genre nonfiction (true-life adventure plus religion plus cryptozoology), Searching for Ropens has been called the “Bible” of living-pterosaur books. Most of the sightings examined are in Papua New Guinea, with some from surrounding countries included (especially Australia).

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