About Jonathan Whitcomb

nonfiction cryptozoology author specializing in modern living pterosaurs

Book About Proof of Modern Pterosaurs

By nonfiction-cryptozoology author Jonathan Whitcomb

In January of 2017, the missile defense physicist Clifford Paiva advised me to write a book about our findings in the old photograph that is now called “Ptp.” I decided that this was a better idea than my own: a scientific paper that the two of us could write together.

The publication was approved (by a POD printing-publishing branch of Amazon) on March 31, 2017, but I felt uncomfortable about the possibility of its official publishing date falling on April Fool’s Day, so I decided to delay book publication for at least 24 hours. This is not a joke. Cliff and I really have found valid evidence that this photograph was recorded before about 1870 and that the animal shown was real.

Modern Pterosaurs — a Nonfiction Cryptozoology Book

Paiva and I do not proclaim that the Ptp photograph is absolute proof, by itself, that pterosaurs are still living. I wrote this book with many brief sighting reports, accounts of encounters people have had, around the world, with apparent extant pterosaurs. The photo confirms the validity of those countless human encounters with those animals.

For the readers who would like to know many details about many sightings of extant pterosaurs, I recommend my other books:

  • Searching for Ropens and Finding God (in fourth edition)
  • Live Pterosaurs in America (in third edition)
  • Live Pterosaurs in Australia and in Papua New Guinea (free online pdf)

We do maintain, however, that the preponderance of evidence clearly shows that this photo was recorded in the 19th century and that the animal was real and that those men were standing next to it when the photograph was recorded.

Photo of a 19th century extant pterosaur

The photograph validated by two scientists and called “Ptp”

Why was the Discovery so Long Delayed?

On January 14, 2017, Paiva and I agreed that this photo has a genuine image of a modern pterosaur. Why did it take so long for two persons to officially proclaim that this is a valid photograph with evidence for an extant pterosaur? That would take another book to answer, but we can briefly go into it here.

Before the proclamation was issued, skeptics would dismiss the photo, generally with few detailed reasons except that it must have been done with Photoshop. This book, Modern Pterosaurs, proves that Photoshop was not involved.

Yet a more fundamental problem emerges. Skeptics appear to take it for granted that no pterosaur species could have been living within the past 65 million years. Notice the dogma. The real reason this old photograph has been so often rejected is that it so clearly shows an apparent Pteranodon, not fossils bones but an animal that lived recently.

Yet real science has been known to progress, and dogmatic proclamations about universal extinctions of basic types of organisms—that dogma may actually be an enemy to real science.


nonfiction book by Jonathan Whitcomb: "Modern Pterosaurs"

New cryptozoology book


copyright 2017 Jonathan Whitcomb


Pteranodon in a Civil War photograph

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 ropens are seen to have.


Civil War pterosaur photo

The photograph now called “Ptp” has been around for a long time, possibly in one or more books in the mid-20th century, according to a number of persons who report remembering it. . . . On January 14, 2017, the missile defense physicist Clifford Paiva (of California) and I agreed that the older photo, Ptp, has a genuine image of a modern pterosaur. We invite people to look at this photograph carefully and note what we’ve found in our examination of it.


Pterosaur book

It appears on the surface like this must be either fantasy or science fiction, but no: Searching for Ropens and Finding God is a nonfiction about the modern quest to discover a flying creature that most persons of developed countries have assumed extinct for millions of years: the pterosaur, also called pterodactyl.


Civil War Pterodactyl Photo

Do not confuse the above photo with a hoax made for Freakylinks (Fox network series that was on the air from 2000 to 2001.) The television hoax-photo has Civil War reenactors . . .


“Beat That Kid in Chess” is for the Early Beginner

A Chess Book for Beginners

How few instructional chess books are suitable for the early beginner, the chess player who knows the rules but little else about the game! The cover of Beat That Kid in Chess might suggest it’s for children, but the reading level is more for teenagers and adults rather than little kids, even though a little kid is shown on the cover.

Many chess competitors would find Beat That Kid in Chess too elementary, with hardly anything to offer for the average tournament player. Yet how many persons know the rules of chess but have hardly a clue about how to play well! This is a book for the average (or below average) person who just wants a little help in winning a chess game against somebody who already knows a little bit about winning.

This 194-page paperback was written with a modest goal: Teach and prepare the raw beginner to win a game of chess, even if it’s against another raw beginner. Yet in the process of applying these lessons, through competition over the board, the reader will graduate from that lowest level of beginner, winning games against other beginners.

Chess book for the raw beginner

Beat That Kid in Chess, by Whitcomb

Quoting From the Book

It gives many examples, in large chess diagrams, with emphasis on observing those chess positions. Yet the book also gives advice in words:

Keep your king safe, especially early and in the middle of a game. After most of the pieces have been captured (and no queens are left), it may be important to use it as a fihting force, but not when it can get into danger. . . . Castle early to get your king closer to a safe corner. [page 6]

In some positions, three things can be done when your piece is in danger of being captured: Move it to a safe square or protect it or ignore the threat by attacking something. But white has no good attack here. [Diagram-12, page 22]



Winning Against a Younger Chess Player

This book has been carefully crafted for the raw beginner who wants to win a chess game as soon as possible.

A Checkmate Puzzle

Chess for Children

Searching for Ropens and Finding God

It appears on the surface like this must be either fantasy or science fiction, but no: Searching for Ropens and Finding God is a nonfiction about the modern quest to discover a flying creature that most persons of developed countries have assumed extinct for millions of years: the pterosaur, also called pterodactyl.

A reference to finding God suggests it’s mainly a religious book, although it is more of a true-life adventure cryptozoology nonfiction, with undertones of spiritual purpose. It supports Christian values and faith in the Bible, although explicit references are few.

How do you know you would enjoy reading this book? Sample it through a few quotations, such as the following:

From the Acknowledgements

The prayers of family, friends, and other Americans were answered when I found Luke Paina, who became my interpreter, bodyguard, and counselor. By the grace of the Father of us all, Luke and I were welcomed like brothers by those we met on Umboi Island, and through the friendship of humble native Christians in remote villages, we were fed, sheltered, and led to those who made this book possible: the native eyewitnesses. Thank you; tenku tru. [page 6]

Sighting by an Australian Couple

“The body also still appeared leathery, though textured as though possibly covered with fine hair or small scales, the distance preventing any finer observation other than that it was [a] slightly different texture than the wings. The shape of the body was a streamlined torpedo shape, slightly broadest at the chest and tapering slightly back to the hip, then tapering more quickly after the hips to a moderately thin tail which was slightly longer than the body.”  [page 33]

On a Banana Boat Near Umboi Island

My luggage was piled high in the middle of the boat as I crawled to the bow. I presume they put me there because it was the favored position: I was paying the bill. After we pulled away from the dock at Lab Lab, I noticed both the lack of sunscreen in my supplies and the lack of tree canopy over the sea. I began to panic, realizing the danger I alone was facing: Under a cloudless sky, starting several hours of communion with a midday tropical sun, my frail white skin could soon be non-white. Fortunately, I found my plastic rain jacket and didn’t care how silly I looked huddled under my canopy. It worked. But it struck me, how I had packed so many exotic first aid items for afflictions I would never suffer, yet I had neglected sunscreen.

As the boat owner was expecting less weight, we had to stop at a small island to refuel. The boat lied low in the water from the overweight luggage of course, for Luke, David, and the boat owner all had the slim build of young islanders.

The villagers here appeared healthy and well-fed; but with the small island covered with huts, they obviously had little room for gardening. I was told that they live by selling gasoline to banana boat owners. I then got the bill for extra fuel and suddenly it all made sense.  [page 56]

An Eyewitness in Virginia

Fearless the young lady was, before the encounter, yet at around eleven o’clock one night, a huge flying creature challenged her confidence. Doubt later overshadowed her, metastasizing into a new fear. During the sighting, in the late twentieth century at a swimming hole, she feared being attacked by the creature; in the years following, she feared what friends and family would think, and she herself at first doubted her mental stability, for she had stood up to an apparent monster.

How fortunate for her sense of sanity that she was not the only eyewitness! Two persons saw the creature, in the moonlight, and two can sometimes equal at least four-times-one, for credibility that a sighting was of a real creature bigger than any known bird. The lady I interviewed, years afterwards, was mentally healthy.

She stood in shallow water in the middle of the pond, splashing loudly. “It came from the direction of the moon,” with a silhouette that left her paralyzed with fear, as it approached, flapping a little but mostly gliding, in a predatory attack dive. [page 183]


nonfiction ropen book by J. D. Whitcomb

Quest for the Discovery of Modern Living Pterosaurs


Chapter Seven of Searching for Ropens and Finding God

. . . when I got  to the part about the ropen being a living pterodactyl,  the older woman’s  expression changed:  Apparently,  I had boarded  the plane with a deadly  contagious disease.

Don’t Get Strung Along by the Smithsonian Myth about Ropens

So where is the scientific evidence for the universal extinction of all species of pterosaurs? Notice the Smithsonian blog post by Brian Switek, dated August 16, 2010: not one reference to an eyewitness sighting report. Switek says “such anecdotes,” without mentioning what he is talking about. He says much about the religious beliefs of Blume and Woetzel, as if that counts against their ideas, but why does he say nothing about what caused those expeditions: eyewitness reports?

New Book on Modern Pterosaurs

This is not focused on young-earth-creation readers, but on those who can look beyond labels and avoid negative judgments based on simplistic religious stereotypes.


Star Wars – For Children and Adult Fans

From the Amazon page:

The Star Wars Character Encyclopedia is the definitive illustrated guide to Luke Skywalker, Jabba the Hut, and all of your favorite characters of the Star Wars galaxy! Feel the force as you flip through pages of profiles of all your favorite characters from the Star Wars galaxy.

Amazon customer ratings for The Star Wars Character Encyclopedia:

Five stars: 88%

Four stars: 10%

Three stars: 1% (nothing less than 3 stars on May 15, 2013)

Criticism of the book

As of mid-May, 2013, nobody had given less than three stars, in an Amazon review, for Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, and this was after countless thousands of copies had been sold by Amazon. Nevertheless, this science fiction book has no stories but only summaries of the characters in Star Wars, so an adult who is not a fan of SW could find it uninteresting.

Support for the book

The overwhelming majority of book reviewers have given this book the highest rating: five stars.

A book review by Tim Lasiuta “Comic Fan 42”

My kids love Star Wars. They play Star Wars. Frequently they role play one or another, and now, now, they can be ‘authentic’.

Yep, authentic is a word that only describes a ‘real’ Star Wars character that is true to the film or books. In this case, this is 200 pages of detailed research complete with pictures, and basic character data such as home world, affiliation, species, height, appearance and references. A brief character bio accompanies each page. For some of the entries, one paragraph is more than enough, while others it is too little.

I appreciate the format, size, and intent of the book.

Back to my kids, for anyone wishing to learn more about who inhabits the Star Wars world, or wants to role play with accuracy, this is the real deal.

A book review by Donna Hiner

My eight year old son LOVES Star Wars anything. He rented this book so many times from the library, that he was asked to let someone else rent the book. Amazon prices were the best I could find anywhere, so I purchased the hardcover edition of this book. It has wonderfully colored pages of all the characters in the Star Wars franchise, with facts of each, whether they are the “good” or “bad” guys, if and how they are related to one another. I have a very happy kid who will cherish this book.


Hardcover science fiction book - Star Wars characters - heroes, villains, and much more

Extremely popular with children but also with adults SW fans


"2-1B" rebel surgeon robot or droid from Star Wars film

Page 4: “2-1B surgical droid”


Book Basics

ISBN-13: 978-0756682538

Sales rank, on Amazon, May 15, 2013: #3

Publisher: DK Children; published June 20, 2011

Hardcover, 208 pages


Star Wars Character Encyclopedia

Mace Windu is a senior member of the Jedi High Council. His wisdom and combat prowess are legendary. Windu is somber and cool minded, but he is also capable of dramatic actions in the face of danger.


The Alchemist

Amazon customer ratings for The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho:

Five stars: 60%

Four stars: 16%

Three stars: 9%

Two stars: 7%

One star: 9%

Criticism of the book

Some adult readers feel The Alchemist is too simple in general, the characters lack depth, and the scenery is barely described. It seems to some readers to be more appropriate for children.

Support for the book

Many millions of readers, from many countries, have applauded The Alchemist with high praise.

For now, let’s consider portions of two reviews with less than five stars:

Part of a book review by Kevin Joseph (four stars)

More parable than novel, “The Alchemist” uses the story of young shepherd Santiago’s search for his Personal Legend as an allegory for everyman’s struggle to break from the comfortable confines of conformity and pursue his life dreams. . . . beset by all manner of setbacks, testing his resolve and forcing him to become attuned to the Soul of the World in order to survive. By paying attention to the details in the world around him, which serve as omens guiding him towards his goal, young Santiago becomes an alchemist in his own right, spinning unfavorable circumstances into riches.

Part of a book review by Chris Foreman (three stars)

. . . there is a clear spiritual basis to the story, which is welcome, but the incessant talk of fate was a complete turn-off. I also felt there was an air of superiority to it. Santiago would pass people who seemed happy in their lives, and he would feel sorry for them because they weren’t on a trek. In the case of the crystal shop owner, yes, he was pathetic for not pursuing his dream of going to Mecca. But to look at another shop owner and judge he has not pursued his dream, when perhaps his dream was to settle with his family, was distracting.


Bestselling fiction - The Alchemist - front cover author = Coelho


Quoting from around page eighteen:

“Hmm . . .” said the old man, looking at all sides of the book, as if it were some strange object. “This is an important book, but it’s really irritating.”

The boy was shocked. The old man knew how to read, and had already read the book. And if the book was irritating, as the old man had said, the boy still had time to change it for another.

“It’s a book that says the same thing almost all the other books in the world say,” continued the old man. “It describes people’s inability to choose their own Personal Legends. And it ends up saying that everyone believes the world’s greatest lie.”

“What’s the world’s greatest lie?” the boy asked, completely surprised.

“It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.”

Book Basics

ISBN-10: 0061122416
ISBN-13: 978-0061122415

Sales rank, on Amazon, late April 20, 2013: #141

Author: Paulo Coelho

Paperback, 197 pages