Eyewitness Reports of
Apparent Living Pterosaurs
in the United States
Statistical analysis on the number of reported sightings
of flying creatures resembling living pterosaurs,
by human populations in American states
NEWS PROVIDED BY
Jonathan David Whitcomb
Dec 28, 2017, 4:00 a.m., MT
MURRAY, Utah, Dec 28, 2017/LUAPT -- A nonfiction-cryptozoology author has analyzed
reports of non-extinct pterosaurs, commonly called “pterodactyls” or “flying dinosaurs,” and
found how sightings relate to thirty-three states (and Washington D.C.) of the United States.
Jonathan Whitcomb, of Murray, Utah, has been receiving emails, and an occasional phone
call, over a period of 13 years, from eyewitnesses from five continents, and most reported
sightings are in North America.
Using 161 sighting reports, which Whitcomb chose after eliminating ones that had too much
potential for misidentification of a bird, he found that California and Texas had the most, at 27
and 11, but he ascribed that to higher human populations in those two states. (On this list,
seventeen U.S. states had no reported sightings.) Other findings surprised Whitcomb.
When correlated with human population, using six million as a typical U. S. state, the winner
for most reported sightings of living pterosaurs is Hawaii, with 44.1. Second place, at 19.5,
goes to Utah, and Oklahoma is third with 11.2.
Whitcomb suggests caution when interpreting the data, for he found that only a tiny fraction
of eyewitnesses ever get in touch with him directly: Those sightings reported to him may
represent well under 1% of all the sightings Americans have had with obvious apparent living
pterosaurs, so the actual distribution of the flying creatures may differ greatly from what is
shown in these statistics. He concluded, however, that these are generally not misidentified
birds or bats, for he leaves the more questionable reports out of his publications.
Whitcomb declares that his analysis of the 161 reported sightings shows that frigatebird
misidentification does not fit with where many encounters happen. In particular, Utah and
Oklahoma would never dominate over Florida, if those oceanic birds were being misidentified
as non-extinct pterosaurs. Florida had only 1.6 reported sightings per six-million population,
which is far below average for a U.S. state. In addition, in the middle of the 48 contiguous
states is Kansas, which stands out with 8.4, much higher than average. In the Show-Me state
of Missouri, also in the middle of North America, non-extinct pterosaurs seem to show them-
selves at the common rate of 3.0, near average for the United States as a whole.
Also, many of the descriptions in the sighting reports do not fit with any species of frigatebird,
according to Whitcomb, and the estimated sizes are much too large for bats: Many estimates
of wingspan are over six feet, with some of the reportedly featherless flying creatures,
including some in California, appearing to be over fifteen feet in wingspan.
For more information, see “Where to Find a Living Pterosaur in the USA.”
Contact Jonathan Whitcomb