Scott Norman – Nocturnal Pterosaur Sighting

On March 21, 2012, in sighting in North America, by Jonathan Whitcomb

Four years ago friends and family members were shocked at the passing of young Scott Norman (1964-2008), the devoted Christian and devoted cryptozoologist. He had been to Africa on an expedition that failed to prove the existence of a living dinosaur, but Scott’s investigation on another continent, in 2007 at an undisclosed location, resulted in a dramatic sighting of a pterosaur. He was highly respected in the cryptozoology community, so his account of the encounter made an impact. He left this life as a successful cryptozoologist.

The Scott Norman “Pterosaur” Sighting: His Own Words

(Small portions of the article by Chad Arment)

Our contact in the area has seen these type of lights and we have also seen them now too. I don’t now how to explain them, but they really do look like falling stars, but the difference is that they go in many different directions, even up and down . . .

Part of the reason I’ve been skeptical is that our contact had a video of an animal that was supposed to be a pterosaur and Garth, David, and some others believed it to be, to me it was just a bird and I had some other people look . . . and they thought it was a bird also . . .

Both Garth and David were tired and went to sleep and I stayed up till 4AM. Here’s the kicker, the skeptic between 1:30-2:30AM, probably closer to 2AM, has a sighting! On the property is a house and a shed, we had chairs and equipment set outside of the shed facing a pasture. I was sitting in a chair, sideways towards the shed looking up at the starry skies, when this animal came gliding just over the shed and into the field and then I lost it. I did not tell them about the sighting until later that morning, I had to sleep on and think about what I saw.

The animal I saw had an 8-10 foot wing span, the wings were bat-like in shape, the inside had that wavy type of look. The body was about 5-6 feet in length, the neck about 1-2 feet in length, the head was about four feet in length, and the head was key for me: it has a crest that was about 2 feet in length, fit that of a pteranodon, don’t know how else to describe it.

I give Scott high credibility in this night sighting, for he began his watch that night with honest skepticism. He suspected that his associates, may have been over-zealous in hoping that the nocturnal flyers in that area were pterosaurs. In addition, after his sighting he kept quiet until he had thought carefully about what he had observed. After quiet reflection, he revealed details.

Scott estimated the head was about four feet long. This reminds me of the large head of the “pterodactyl” observed by Duane Hodgkinson, in New Guinea in 1944. I do not imply that the Finschhafen “pterodactyl” is of the same species of Scott Norman’s pterosaur, but the large head plainly suggests that neither flying creature was a bird or a bat.

Finschhafen “Pterodactyl” (from the scientific paper “Reports of Living Pterosaurs in the Southwest Pacific” by Jonathan Whitcomb, published in the Creation Research Society Quarterly)

The creature ran to their left, taking six to ten steps to get airborne and ascended at an angle of about 30 degrees (similar to an airplane taking off). It then disappeared over the dense brush but soon returned and flew over the clearing, presenting a “perfect side view” of its features before again flying out of view. The wings never stopped flapping, at one to two seconds per flap, while it flew.

Hodgkinson recounted . . . details. The girth of the body at the chest was about 2 ft . . . He estimated the legs to be 3–4 ft . . . long. The top of the back was 5–6 ft . . . above the ground just before takeoff. . . . he estimated it [the tail] was “at least” 10–15 ft (3–4.6 m) long. He compared the wingspan to a Piper Tri-Pacer airplane (~29 ft or 9 m). The length of the head, not counting the appendage, was about 3–4 ft (1–1.2 m), similar to the length of the neck. An appendage protruding from the head, above the neck, was about half that length, and both the head and appendage were parallel to the neck . . . During fl ight, the feet were tucked up to the body. Hodgkinson was unsure of other features. The color was dark but not black. He took no notice of any feathers or hair, and he remembered nothing about the eyes.

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