Cryptozoology Book by Jonathan Whitcomb
Sketch drawn by the eyewitness
Eskin C. Kuhn: one of the two
live pterosaurs he saw in Cuba
Reports of living pterosaurs or apparent pterosaurs come from Papua New Guinea and Africa, with cryptid names
that include “ropen,” “indava,” and “kongamato.” But similar descriptions come from eyewitnesses in the U.S.A.
“Just weeks after my 2004 expedition on Umboi Island, the cryptozoologists Garth Guessman and David
Woetzel interviewed Umboi native eyewitnesses with systematic interview forms (and those two Americans
later assisted . . . in another country). Woetzel and I later wrote separate scientific papers, in a peer-reviewed
journal, about our experiences in Papua New Guinea and about pterosaurs in human times. We appreciate the
support from our families and from our friends here and abroad.” (third paragraph of Acknowledgements in the
non-fiction cryptozoology book Live Pterosaurs in America)
Amazon Page on the Cryptozoology Book
“Many modern pterosaurs are much larger than any bat, many with long tails, many with head crests. What
about news headlines? How did these creatures avoid media attention? Get the answers from years of work by
“The old ‘fruit bat’ explanation for reports of pterosaurs in Papua New Guinea--that bat idea has now been shot
down; the tail length of the larger Rhamphorhynchoid-like flying creatures has been estimated at a minimum of
ten feet and a maximum of over twenty feet.”
From the Introduction in the Book
“This book might make a few Americans uneasy to walk alone at night; my intention, however, is not to
frighten but to enlighten as many readers as possible to know about live-pterosaur investigations. Those
who’ve been shocked at the sight of a flying creature that “should” be extinct—those eyewitnesses, more
numerous than most Americans would guess, need no longer be afraid that everyone will think them crazy, and
no longer need they feel alone. Those of us who’ve listened to the American eyewitnesses, we who have
interviewed them, we now believe. So, if you will, consider the experiences of these ordinary persons (I’ve
interviewed most of them myself) and accept whatever enlightenment you may.”
From Chapter One: South Carolina Sighting
“Susan Wooten was driving east on Highway 20, to the town of Florence . . . in the fall of about 1989,
following a girl who lived in her dorm, who was driving ahead. Where the road was surrounded by woods and
swamps, Wooten saw something flying from her left, then passing in front of her, behind her friend’s car. “It
swooped down over the highway and back up gracefully over the pines,” but its appearance was shocking: “. . .
as big as any car . . . NO feathers, not like a huge crane or egret, but like a humongous bat. . . .
“Q: Were the wings flapping?
A: One or two slow flaps, to the best of my recollection.
Q: What was the approximate distance from wingtip to wingtip?
A: My best guess is 12-15 feet.”
Live Pterosaurs in America, third edition
This book has been on my shelf for almost a year . . . I pick it up every
now and then and a part of me becomes more impressed by the book every
time. Yes, the skeptics will laugh at it, but I am a skeptic too. . . .
. . . it is apparent that these pterosaur stories will not go away. . . . You may
find yourself almost believing in it, although that is not even the authors
intent! Whitcomb painstakingly reviews every account for credibility and
reason. This man is not a crank. He tries to weed out would be hoaxes and
miss-identification. This is not a guy looking to create evidence to confirm
his own beliefs. On top of this, I have great respect for a guy who follows
his dreams so passionately. He has traveled to Papua New Guinea to
search for the creature there and this book is somewhat of a sequel if you
will. After Whitcomb traveled to New Guinea, he started to collect more
stories from North America concerning the pterosaur like creature . . .
Yes, it as a lot to take in. My first thought about these creatures was, "Well,
I guess it could be possible because new guinea is very secluded and
actually one of the few remaining lost worlds". Whitcomb will have you
suspending disbelief again as he shares his collection of personal accounts
from Americans. . . .
If you are interested in reading about this subject, this is definitely the book
to get . . . this book is not hyperbole by any means. . . . I do believe the
author tried hard to deliver these stories and was very good at it. This is
well written and very hard to put down. [review by “stevie,” Oct 23, 2011]
Amazon Review of 2nd Edition of the Cryptozoology Book
Live-pterosaur site: cryptozoology book Live Pterosaurs in America --- web page (iPage) up to date: January 16, 2013
Live Pterosaurs in America by Whitcomb
From the back cover of this nonfiction book:
“Americans, for years, have reported obvious
living pterosaurs, with sightings in . . . New
Mexico, Texas, Ohio, Arkansas, Oklahoma,
Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Rhode
Island, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania . . .
“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 . . . cryptozoologists
who stand up to ridicule and proclaim the
truth. At least two pterosaur species, (quite
uncommon, mostly nocturnal) still live in
“. . . Jonathan Whitcomb, the world’s most
prolific writer on living pterosaurs, here
shares with you years of interviews with
Americans who have encountered the rare
nocturnal flying creatures . . . pterosaurs,
despite extinction dogma. . . .”