“Radar Criticism” of Live Pterosaurs

Less common than most objections, the “radar criticism” of modern pterosaurs is easily refuted. Regardless of how often specific airport radars pick up flocks of birds, how would an operator deal with a blip that was made by a live pterosaur? Remember, blips have no labels; they’re interpreted according to common interpretations. Then how could any radar operator report a living pterosaur?

One critic pointed out that a radar system can “spot a flock of birds, yet no pterosaurs ever.” Where did the critic get that idea? There is no hardware or software that signals “no pterosaur” on the radar screen; there is no radar-procedure for concluding that no blip from a live pterosaur ever appeared on a particular radar screen. Radar systems are not put together to disprove live pterosaurs; it’s not their function.

To illustrate the nonsense of the radar objection, what if an airport radar system picked up the flight of a large pterosaur? How would “pterosaur” ever enter the mind of the radar operator? Even if the operator heard a report that somebody had seen what he only observed as a blip, and they had seen an obvious pterosaur, and they had immediately reported the pterosaur sighting to the airport tower, how could the operator report anything other than an unusual blip?

The idea that radars disprove the existence of living pterosaurs is ludicrous.

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About Jonathan Whitcomb

I'm a passionate investigator of reports of living pterosaurs throughout the world. I explored part of Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea, in 2004, interviewing many natives who had seen the ropen.
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