Cryptozoology Book Modern Pterosaurs: Dragons Living Pterosaur Investigators It has turned into a major revision, not just with a few new eyewitness sightings: major improvements and many additions. It should have an official publication date early in 2012, but sale copies will probably become available [soon] after Christmas. Paul Nation has explored in Papua New Guinea at least four times, searching for modern living pterosuars. No other American visitor to these remote tropical areas has explored as many time as Nation has, in this new field of cryptozoology: living-pterosaur investigations. We live in a world in which modern Westerners, at least many respectable or respected ones, have believed all magical dragons to be only legendary and all pterosaurs to be extinct and even more ancient; also in this world, many natives, whom we had assumed more primitive or less gifted than us, have believed all dragons to be real and either magical or spiritually gifted. In some areas, they believe dragons to be both ancient and modern. What if all of us have been only partially correct? What if dragons are not so much ancient as modern, not so much magical as physically gifted, not so much legendary as real? The nonfiction cryptozoology book “Searching for Dragons,” with a predicted publication date of sometime early in 2012, is the third edition of “Searching for Ropens,” by Jonathan Whitcomb Up to date as of July 27, 2011 Searching for Dragons Site Although Whitcomb admits that nobody has yet come up with a clear photograph to disprove . . . declarations that all pterosaurs are extinct, he disputes the suggestion that the ropen is an unknown bat . . . Quotations From Preliminary Version of Searching for Dragons From the Introduction I read of a missionary in Venezuela who knew of a native tradition about a “giant bat” that had once terrified natives near the Erebato River. I emailed the missionary, asking about this legend of people being carried away to be eaten. His reply intrigued me, for the natives don’t just repeat the story but practice a related custom: Because the creature was once seen defecating into a river after eating a human, the natives, from that time until now, never drink the water of that river. (“Erebato” means “feces of the bat.”) From Chapter One of the Book Searching for Dragons Paul Nation, cryptozoologist Jonathan Whitcomb, author of Searching for Dragons, is now writing the third edition of this cryptozoology book. The previous editions were titled “Searching for Ropens.” The third edition should be on sale early in 2012, at the latest. Whitcomb has consulted for both Destination Truth and MonsterQuest. From Chapter Four “Within a minute or so it had reached our position and was about 250 or 300 feet above us and slightly inland. The area was moderately well lit and I saw that it seemed to be a light reddish-tan color. It did not appear to be covered with feathers but had a leathery texture. “Soon after it passed us, it flew over a more brightly lit sports area which highlighted even more the leathery appearance, also bringing more detail to view. The wings were the most definite leathery feature . . . The body also still appeared leathery, though textured as though possibly covered with fine hair or small scales . . .” Live Pterosaur Jonathan David Whitcomb