I have now completed most of my first e-book: Live Pterosaurs in Australia and in Papua New Guinea. It will include significant sightings reports absent from my previous (print) books. Quoting from the first chapter:
Almost nobody is unmoved by an encounter with a living pterosaur, although some eyewitnesses refuse to lay aside the dogma of universal extinction. How many eyewitnesses hold onto that dogma? How can I tell? Those are the ones who feel safer hiding in the shadows, the ones who fear being bitten by the words of skeptics, the ones who never get in touch with me or with any other cryptozoologist.
How do I know that some of them refuse to give up the dogma that all pterosaurs are extinct? How can I know anything about eyewitnesses who remain silent? It’s easy. Some sightings are by a group of eyewitnesses, and some of those ordinary persons report not only the extraordinary flying creatures but the inordinate refusal of some fellow-witnesses to admit what was observed. (Especially telling is the reaction of a soldier who remained silent after a 1944 encounter in New Guinea: His buddy talked.)
Those hidden eyewitnesses might be fighting with the doctrine that pterosaurs cannot be alive. It can be a cerebral wrestling match between what was observed and what had always been believed. Trying to recover from the shock of a live-pterosaur sighting, they fail to question, or delay questioning, what needs to be questioned: the universal extinction dogma.
At the far side of the clearing, a creature was running and flapping its wings. All the grass around it was flattened by the blasts of wind from the creature getting airborne. Up over the jungle it flew, out of sight for the moment; but Duane Hodgkinson remained stricken: Extinction itself had just become exterminated—that was no bird.
I looked out of my window which is at the back of the house. . . . I saw a huge shadow glide over [the house behind us]. It was at least 4 [meter] in wingspan and distinctly had a head. . . . I was freaked out.
We heard it coming . . . the swoosh noise. . . . All we saw was a black shape coming from the trees; the next thing we saw was one wing over the windscreen [windshield]. It crossed [in front of the car]. I couldn’t see the road for a moment, just wing covering the entire windscreen. The body was over the car and its other wing [was] over the back [of the car].
["Pterodactyl" is a commonly used word for the scientifically correct "pterosaur."]
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