Books on Living Pterosaurs

By modern-pterosaur expert Jonathan David Whitcomb

Let’s divide these cryptozoology books into three types:

  1. Worldwide sightings in general
  2. Pterosaur encounters in North America
  3. Sightings in the Southwest Pacific

In addition, some of the nonfiction books are entirely about these featherless flying creatures and others include cryptids of other types or even are mostly about paranormal events in general (with non-extinct “pterodactyls” making up only a small part).

Sightings of Apparent Living Pterosaurs Worldwide

This actually appears to have the least number of nonfiction books, at least for those publications that are entirely about these non-bird/non-bat flying creatures. The obvious one that fits here is my Searching for Ropens and Finding God, fourth edition.

Quest for discovering modern pterosaurs

“The Bible of modern pterosaurs”

Notice some of the locations where people see apparent living pterosaurs (SFRFG):

  • Africa (in general, for several nations are mentioned)
  • Australia
  • Antarctic NOT, which is not surprising
  • Canada
  • Caribbean
  • Cuba
  • England
  • Greece
  • Indonesia
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Pacific Ocean, central-eastern
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Samoan Islands area
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • USA
  • Venezuela
  • Wake Island area

Be aware that the above are only from the book Searching for Ropens and Finding God, and some of these areas (especially the United States) have a great number of sightings.

Books With Accounts of Non-Extinct Pterosaurs in North America

The obvious choices for North America are the following three:

  1. Live Pterosaurs in America (third edition, by Whitcomb)
  2. Bird From Hell (by Gerald McIsaac)
  3. Big Bird (by Ken Gerhard)

Less obvious is The Van Meter Visitor, for the three authors seem reluctant to mention the possibility that a small group of nocturnal modern pterosaurs were involved.

Sightings in the Southwest Pacific

I recommend Live Pterosaurs in Australia and in Papua New Guinea, for it’s a free pdf book available online. It may be one of the best books for explaining why some species of pterosaurs are still living and why that may not be as shocking as people think it is.



Books on living pterosaurs

Mini-reviews of five nonfiction books about modern pterosaurs:

  • Searching for Ropens and Finding God, fourth edition, by Whitcomb
  • Bird From Hell, second edition (only partially about extant pterosaurs)
  • Live Pterosaurs in America, third edition, by J. D. Whitcomb
  • Modern Pterosaurs, the shortest paperback cryptozoology book by Whitcomb
  • Live Pterosaurs in Australia and in Papua New Guinea (free online pdf book)


Books for LDS readers

How can faith relate to science? Read Searching for Ropens and Finding God, fourth edition, to find how faith in the Bible led a number of Americans to search for non-extinct pterosaurs in the jungles of Papua New Guinea.


Living pterosaurs

  • “Civil War” pterosaur photo
  • Ropen sighting in Pennsylvania
  • “Big Bird” in Draper, Utah
  • Living pterosaurs and skepticism
  • Modern Pterosaurs and Confirmation Bias
  • A reply to an attack against the Ptp photo
  • Scott Norman and the “pterodactyl” photograph
  • Book about the “Pteranodon” photo
  • etc.


Non-extinct pterosaurs

The popular textbook declaration that all species became extinct millions of years ago, universal pterosaur extinction—that concept itself is approaching extinction.” Jonathan Whitcomb


I saw a pterodactyl

Interview of the World War II veteran Duane Hodgkinson by the cryptozoologist Garth Guessman (Youtube video)


Pterosaur sightings

Look at the statistics on pterosaur sightings. Three factors in the statistics have spoken out loudly against any general hoax-speculation, and potential hoaxes need to be addressed first. (Misidentification possibilities are an important part of credibility issues, but that needs its own space, its own post.)


Books on modern pterosaurs

  • Don’t Shoot Down That Pterodactyl
  • New Book on Living Pterodactyls
  • Honest Skepticism Regarding Live Pterosaur Reports
  • New Cryptozoology Book: Pterosaurs in Australia
  • Live Pterosaurs in America – third edition
  • and more


Cryptozoology books

Book review by an Amazon customer:

“This is a fascinating chronological and eyewitness account of finding ‘Ropens’ (pterosaurs) . . . The book is replete with eyewitness sightings of the creature. In Papua New Guinea the natives saw a huge [pterosaur] with a 7 meter tail and 15 meter wingspan. . . .”


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About Jonathan Whitcomb

American cryptozoologist who interviews eyewitnesses from various parts of the world
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