Friday, September 23, 2016

Do Pterosaurs Still Exist?

We know pterodactyls and other pterosaurs lived millions of years ago, but what about today? Many of people have witnessed creatures in the air that could only be described as some form of ancient dino-bird! Is this a case of misinterpretation or is it possible that such huge beasts could still exist and fly in our skies with very little detection?

Let's look at some regions that report these flying fossils - 

Papua, New Guinea

An American family visiting Papua in 2015 got more sightseeing than they expected. They witnessed a pterosaur sighting. And they weren't the first.

Some experts have tried to talk this off as a fruit bat. I'm not sure that many people see a fruit bat and think pterosaur. The fact is, even large bats move their wings so fast, you don't see the pterosaur like definition of the wings. Others say they believe it is a ropen. 

An area like New Guinea would be ideal for such a creature. If they survived the breaking up of the continents and continued on like some other creatures did, their ability to fly was what kept them from demise.  The South Pacific with its chains of islands and distances and sea life would be an ideal situation for such a creature to fly back and forth, island mountain to island mountain and rest. It wouldn't be like over the United States, where a large continent of land would have people seeing it. Open ocean is a silent witness.


The Kongamato in Africa is a name given to a flying creature of unknown origin. (LINKExplorer Frank Welland described it in his 1932 book In Witchbound Africa. The Kongamato (“overwhelmer of boats”), is described as a large, reddish creature with leathery wings, devoid of feathers. Eyewitnesses who are shown an illustration of the pterodactyl unanimously agreed to this identification of the Kongamato.

This creature is so revered there that the locals avoid the river or try to appease the creature in order to utilize the waterway. 

New Mexico

The Santa Fe National Forest has gotten a local reputation for missing folks and pterosaur sightings and attacks. There has long been talk that the pterosaurs migrate from South America and up to the cliffs and back again depending on the time of year and breeding opportunities.

I highly suggest that if you're interested in ongong reporting of pterosaurs living in the world, check out this amazing site - LIVE PTEROSAUR. It is very thoughtfully put together with great intelligence. 


This video shows a supposed sighting in Austria. 

There is no need to just scoff at the notion until you do a little digging to see if they were even found in that region in the past. And, yes, they were!

(LINK) Disarticulated skeletal remains of an eudimorphodontid pterosaur from the Late Triassic of the Karwendel Mountains in Tyrol, Austria, are described and figured. It is the second record of Triassic pterosaurs from the Northern Calcareous Alps, after previous discoveries in the Southern Calcareous Alps of northern Italy.

This was about 208 million years ago. This was around the time of mass extinction, major volcanic explosions, and the breaking apart of the one continent, Pangaea. The sea creatures were first to start going extinct and reptiles. What is intriguing is the idea that some creatures remained, such as alligators and crocodiles and some dinosaurs are believed to have evolved eventually into birds. Why make an adaptation to being sky-bound rather than earth-bound? Well, it might have been the conditions of the time that they had the best chance of survival. 

The pterosaurs that did remain were believed to have gone extinct 88 million years ago. It's hypothesized by experts that their size was too massive to survive and smaller bird-related creatures were doing better during that era. It does not mean, however, that they could not survive. 

Let's look at the coelacanth. It was believed to have gone extinct 66 million years ago with other dino-era creatures. But, in 1938 

The Natives in Africa reported huge hairy gorillas in the mountain region for generations. It wasn't until 1902 that the mountain gorillas were found and proven. All anyone knew of officially were lowland gorillas.  

Didn't we think the same thing of Neanderthal and Denisovans and yet giants and hairy men are seen in regions where they once sprang from. Hmmm

Native legends have long told of the Thunderbird and when you see repeated themes in Native stories, you must come to the conclusion they have had exposure in their history to something unforgettable. Their ancestors fought off mammoths and other ancient creatures and among them might have been some relics that we have not dug up to find were still here in more recent times. We only know the ages of the ones we have found, but what of the ones we have not found? Constantly archaeologists are having to revise timelines Only very recently they pushed the exit from Africa to 80,000 years ago versus the accepted 60,000, due to findings of ancient men in Asia.


Do these dino birds still exist? Honestly, of all the possibilities, it seems they might have a better chance than a gigantic land-roaming fellow. Sure, the plant and animal life has shrank down a great deal in proportions versus the Jurassic and Triassic Periods, but a sea creature or sky creature might have a better chance of evading notice if they were in the right locations. For a pterosaur to survive millions of years, it would take a breeding population, a safe location, perhaps a great deal of sea to fly over versus land. Locations like New Guinea and the Solomon Islands might be just the ideal spots. 

Here are some popular circulated supposed vintage shots of enormous "birds" being killed and posed with - 

- Movies with pterosaurs - 

Jurassic Park series (especially #3)
The Mist
Raptor Island
Planet Raptor


The Truth Behind the Scenes


Searching for Ropen and Finding God: The Quest For Discovering Modern Pterosaurs

Live Pterosaurs in America: Not extinct, flying creatures of cryptozoology that some call pterodactyls or flying dinosaurs or prehistoric birds

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