Cryptozoologist Scott Norman Sees Pterosaur

In the summer of 2007, at a secret location used by other cryptozoologists for searching for pterosaurs at night, Scott Norman took a turn alone to stay up and watch the sky. He had little hope of observing a pterosaur, for the video the others showed him was unconvincing to him: He thought it was a video of a bird.

According to the cryptozoologist Chad Arment, Scott Norman gave the following account to him, soon after Norman had the pterosaur sighting (here quoted only in part).

I was sitting in a chair, sideways towards the shed looking up at the starry skies, when this animal came gliding just over the shed and into the field . . . The animal I saw had an 8-10 foot wing span, the wings were bat-like in shape, the inside had that wavy type of look. The body was about 5-6 feet in length, the neck about 1-2 feet in length, the head was about four feet in length, and the head was key for me: it has a crest that was about 2 feet in length, fit that of a pteranodon, don’t know how else to describe it.

The cryptozoologists who search the night skies at night, hoping for pterosaur sightings—those men have good reasons for keeping the location secret. Perhaps the major reason for the secrecy relates to the landowner.

The Death of Scott Norman

The cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, soon after the sudden passing of Scott Norman early in 2008, gave the following tribute (here quoted only in part).

Scott was a deeply religious man whose faith was with him always, and who was calm and intelligent. He will not be able to return to Africa, but Africa had become part of him. I am glad he was able to live his dreams before he left us.

I am totally in shock and send out my empathy, sympathy, and sorrow to his friendly family.

Scott, keep searching.


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"Live Pterosaurs in America" second edition of book

Live Pterosaurs in America (second edition of the cryptozoology book)

Live “pterodactyls?” [AKA Pterosaurs] In the United States? Many scientists have long assumed all pterosaurs died millions of years ago. Now take a whirlwind tour of many years of investigations in cryptozoology, and prepare for a shock: At least two pterosaur species have survived, uncommon, not so much rare as widely and thinly distributed.

From the title page (2nd edition) of the cryptozoology book:

How are sightings in the United States related to those in the southwest Pacific? How do some apparent nocturnal pterosaurs pertain to bats, and how are bats irrelevant? How could modern living pterosaurs have escaped scientific notice? These mysteries have slept in the dark, beyond the knowledge of almost all Americans, even beyond our wildest dreams (although the reality of some pterosaurs is a living nightmare to some bats). These mysteries have slept . . . until now.

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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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