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Skeptical Responses to Civil War Pteranodon Photo

By modern-pterosaur expert Jonathan Whitcomb The dead flying creature seen in the “Pteranodon photograph,” (Ptp) although it may be called a “pterodactyl” by some Americans and a “ropen” by others, could be a pterodactyloid pterosaur, possibly without the long tail that … Continue reading

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Dr. Prothero Attacks Living Pterosaurs

Readers of a recent post by Dr. Donald Prothero may think that I, Jonathan Whitcomb, have single-handedly deceived ignorant people into believing that pterosaurs are still alive. The paleontologist seems upset that my web pages dominate Google searches (and they used to dominate, … Continue reading

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Is the Ropen a “Stupid Fantasy?”

It began after the online publication of a photo of a biology professor from Oregon; he was standing by the Yakima River in Washington state. Professor Peter Beach (who has taught at a small college in the Portland area) was being interviewed by … Continue reading

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Attack on the “Pterodactyl Expert”

One of the problems with the cryptozoology.com forum thread discussion titled “Jonathan Whitcomb: Pterodactyl Expert” is this: Most of the comments involve attacks against me personally (the exception being comments from the person who seems to have initiated the discussion). I … Continue reading

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“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 … Continue reading

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Circular Reasoning: Example #2

I have encountered criticisms something like this: “If pterosaurs were still living, we would have seen them before now.” Part of the problem with that reasoning is that the critic seems to assume that he personally would have encountered news of … Continue reading

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Circular Reasoning, Example #1

From page 83 of Live Pterosaurs in America: “One critic . . . said, ‘. . . if pterosaurs [were] still around, they would be extremely obvious.’” This criticism deserves a brief answer here (my book goes into detail regarding circular … Continue reading

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