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.
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.
copyright 2017 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 ropens are seen to have.
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.
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.
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 . . .