Have pterosaurs survived into our time?

For 155 million years they dominated the skies of the dinosaur world. From the smallest – the size of a sparrow to gigantic flying dragons, with wings spanning up to a dozen meters. We are, of course, talking about pterosaurs. Scientists believe that these flying reptiles died out 65 million years ago, but there are people who are frantically tracking them around the world. They are convinced that pterodactyls still live in remote corners of the globe and soar through the sky on their great wings.

People who believe in the existence of a wide variety of animals not recognized by science are called cryptozoologists. Some of the supposedly living creatures that are on the “target” of these home-grown explorers have become permanently established in mass culture – from the Loch Ness Monsterthrough chupacabra in South Americato the Yeti in the Himalayas i Bigfoot in the Rocky Mountains.

But while the supposed “evidence” for the existence of these fanciful creatures is meager indeed, in the case of pterosaurs the “evidence” is much richer. Not only do believers in their existence show 19th century photographs of flying reptile corpses, but they also have a whole host of witnesses who claim to have seen the giant flying reptiles with their own eyes. So is this really a hoax, or is there a grain of truth in these reports?

Eye to eye with a lizard

According to the International Cryptozoological Society, pterosaurs have been sighted in many places around the world – including the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico, Brazil and Africa. Reports of large reptiles of the pterodactyl suborder are so numerous that the matter cannot be overlooked.

In modern times, one of the most famous cases (the case was described, among others, by “The Telegraph”) was the events in Alaska in 2002. Pilot John Bouker and his passengers encountered the massive monstrosity while flying. Bouker was making a course to Manokotak, a city in the southern part of the state. That’s when a creature with huge wings was about to appear to him and his passengers. He estimated their length at 14 feet – as long as the Cessna’s wingspan.

Bouker’s adventure is not the only such account from Alaska. There are more recent reports as well. Three years ago, in 2018 – as described by a local newspaper from the state capital, the Juneau Empire – the giant creature was said to have been seen by many residents in the Mendenhall Valley area. Among them was Tabitha Bauter, who later reported:

“I was just driving through the valley when I noticed a huge black bird flying over the road. Its wingspan must have been at least 20 feet – almost as long as the road. I’ve lived here all my life and had never seen anything like it. It scared the hell out of me. It wasn’t a crow or an eagle. This is no joke. This thing was HUGE, almost the size of a small airplane. Did anyone see it?”

Interestingly, the woman claimed that the animal had feathers, while she did not see a beak. In response to her words, several other witnesses admitted that they had seen the mysterious giant “bird”.

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We know of more similar accounts from the United States. A series of alleged encounters with pterosaurs was reported in the 1970s in Texas. The local media wrote about it, and television even showed tracks that supposedly belonged to the flying creature. They were supposed to be 12 inches, or 30 centimeters.

Alverico Guajardo, who lived in a mobile home in Brownsville, Texas, said he suddenly heard noises, banging and thumping outside. When he came out, he saw a huge creature that resembled a bird but was not one. Guajardo stated that the animal “was not of this world.”

His account triggered an avalanche. Similar witness stories followed, and a local radio station even offered a reward for finding the pterosaur. Today, it’s hard to say whether people actually saw something strange, or rather wanted to see it, in a wave of fashion that prevailed in that part of the US at the time. At the time, scientists in Texas discovered a well-preserved skeleton of a pterosaur of the genus Quetzalcoatlus with a wingspan of 36 feet, or nearly 11 meters.

Wanted dead or alive

Followers of cryptozoology have been searching for flying reptiles for decades. So far, without success. In the late 1980s. Last century Professor Roy Mackal, a doctor of biology and avid cryptozoologist, traveled to Africa for this purpose (he unsuccessfully searched for the Loch Ness Monster, as well as a creature supposedly living in Africa – Mokele-Mbembe, supposed to look like a prehistoric brontosaurus or diplodocus).

Prehistoric creatures have reportedly been seen in western Zambia. According to stories of locals from the Kaonde tribe, the flying creature living in the Jiundu swamp area of Zambia was similar to a large lizard, had a long, crocodile-like tail and a toothed beak. It flapped its huge wings, resembling those of a bat. The natives called the creature Kongomato. Similar reports come from other parts of Africa – including Angola, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Zaire.

News of flying dragons this time came from the desert areas of neighboring Namibia. There, large (with a wingspan of up to 30 feet) animal gliders were said to live, moving through the evening air between the hills. However, the expedition ended in failure.

5. the Galapagos tortoise – the oldest representative: 177 years. Asked to choose the most long-lived animal species, most of us would probably bet on this reptile. Meanwhile, it opens the stakes of the five oldest creatures living on Earth. Although you can’t take away the fact that it can live to an impressive age. The recipe for longevity according to giant tortoises? Dream. The giant of the Galapagos sleeps about 16 hours a day.

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Another famous expedition was undertaken in 2009 by American cryptozoologist Garth Guessman. In order to “catch” the pterodactyl Guessman went all the way to Papua New Guinea. There, in the Papuan jungle, according to the natives, lived ropen – as they called it – a powerful flying reptile.

The researcher took a professional approach. His team included pterosaur expert Dr Dave Martill of Portsmouth University and people familiar with the habits of bats. Guessman rightly assumed that perhaps what the locals saw was not a prehistoric reptile at all, but a hitherto unknown species of bat, for example.

Accounts of strange creatures living on the islands of Oceania are numerous. Already during World War II, American soldiers mentioned them. In modern times, a sensational bomb was set off by a certain Brian Hennessy, a psychologist working at the Chinese university Chongqing University of Medical Sciences. He publicly began recounting his encounter with a pterodactyl in the Guinean jungle in the 1970s. In 1971, on the edge of the tropical forest of the island of Bougainville, he first heard the flapping of wings, then saw the great flying creature:

It gave the impression of something archaic, prehistoric, and was not covered with feathers like birds. It had a long narrow tail. The beak was also long, and there was a sort of horn growing out of the back of its head.

The Papuans were even supposed to point out a cave at a waterfall where the ropenas often appeared. According to native accounts, in the 1960s warriors from the tribe even managed to hunt one down and eat it. It reportedly did not have tasty meat. However, researchers have not reached witnesses to confirm this. Nor have they come across the ropen itself. A similar expedition was also undertaken by Jonathan Whitcomb, among others. And he did not come face to face with a ropen.

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Dragons, chupacabras and thunderbirds

Despite the failure of the search for pterosaurs so far, people who believe in their existence maintain their hypothesis. In their opinion, it is the pterodactyls and other flying reptiles that could explain a number of reports and legends about strange creatures that have accompanied mankind since ancient times.

Perhaps they are the ones referred to in legends of dragons? Or perhaps it’s the pterosaur behind the mysterious chupacabra – a creature from South America that is said to attack pets and suck their blood? Finally, perhaps prehistoric reptiles are “responsible” for the legend of the thunderbird, a supposedly mighty bird that had a wingspan of 5 meters and looked like a great eagle? The existence of the mighty “storm bird” was believed by North American Indians.

Reptiles and cowboys

Supporters of flying reptiles still living today, cite one more “argument” to confirm their revelations. Photos. On the Internet, it is very easy to find photographs showing people with alleged pterosaur bodies.

The two most popular appear to be 19th century, taken in the United States. One with the reptile’s corpse is posed by American farmers, the other by soldiers. In 2011, another photo appeared on the Internet of a group of men with the body of a reptile with great wings. The problem is that it is not known who exactly the photographs depict, as well as when and where they were taken.

There are no witnesses to confirm their authenticity, yet such encounters with living fossils are not everyday occurrences. The memory of them should survive in local communities, as should the names of those who, for example, hunted the pterosaur. Although the photos look credible at first glance, the lack of context and additional information raises suspicions of forgery.

Secondly, photographic “evidence” seems to be disappearing in our times, and yet if pterosaurs were alive (unless they didn’t make it to the 21st century), then today, when large-scale recording of everything has become commonplace, we should have an overflow of various photos and videos confirming their existence. People in the modern era are also more mobile. They reach and record all sorts of images in the farthest corners of the globe – and yet video footage of pterodactyls does not flood the web. Nor do we know of any confirmed case of a pterosaur carcass being found.

There is another problem with the various reports and photos of alleged pterosaurs. It is really hard to find the real ones out of the fake news, the fake information and the multimedia that are flooding the web every day. So for now, reptiles from millions of years ago hovering over the human world still belong only to the realm of urban legends and fantastic stories.

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