Friday, January 19, 2018

Eyewitness Reports of Apparent Living Pterosaurs in the US

The problem is that no one even knows this phenomena exists and then have no place to go with their data.  The map pretty well confirms a real lack of resolution.  We really need to get those hundreds of missing reports.

I do think that this creature spends plenty of time underwater fishing at night.  Thus it should by active around wetlands, lakes and swamps or where fish are readily availablie.

In the event, the phenomena now has ample confirmation sightings to fully establish its presence.


 Eyewitness Reports of Apparent Living Pterosaurs in the US

Monday, January 08, 2018

Eyewitness Reports of Apparent Living Pterosaurs in the US

Statistical analysis on the number of reported sightings of flying creatures resembling living pterosaurs, by human populations in American states

Jonathan David Whitcomb - Dec 28, 2017, 4:00 a.m., MT. MURRAY, Utah, Dec 28, 2017/LUAPT -- A nonfiction-cryptozoology author has analyzed reports of non-extinct pterosaurs, commonly called “pterodactyls” or “flying dinosaurs,” and found how sightings relate to thirty-three states (and Washington D.C.) of the United States. Jonathan Whitcomb, of Murray, Utah, has been receiving emails, and an occasional phone call, over a period of 13 years, from eyewitnesses from five continents, and most reported sightings are in North America.

Using 161 sighting reports, which Whitcomb chose after eliminating ones that had too much potential for misidentification of a bird, he found that California and Texas had the most, at 27 and 11, but he ascribed that to higher human populations in those two states. (On this list, seventeen U.S. states had no reported sightings.) Other findings surprised Whitcomb.

When correlated with human population, using six million as a typical U. S. state, the winner for most reported sightings of living pterosaurs is Hawaii, with 44.1. Second place, at 19.5, goes to Utah, and Oklahoma is third with 11.2. Read more w/ graphic at Eyewitness Reports of Apparent Living Pterosaurs in the United States

  Whitcomb suggests caution when interpreting the data, for he found that only a tiny fraction of eyewitnesses ever get in touch with him directly: Those sightings reported to him may represent well under 1% of all the sightings Americans have had with obvious apparent living pterosaurs, so the actual distribution of the flying creatures may differ greatly from what is shown in these statistics. 

He concluded, however, that these are generally not misidentified birds or bats, for he leaves the more questionable reports out of his publications. Whitcomb declares that his analysis of the 161 reported sightings shows that frigatebird misidentification does not fit with where many encounters happen. In particular, Utah and Oklahoma would never dominate over Florida, if those oceanic birds were being misidentified as non-extinct pterosaurs. Florida had only 1.6 reported sightings per six-million population, which is far below average for a U.S. state. 

In addition, in the middle of the 48 contiguous states is Kansas, which stands out with 8.4, much higher than average. In the Show-Me state of Missouri, also in the middle of North America, non-extinct pterosaurs seem to show themselves at the common rate of 3.0, near average for the United States as a whole. Also, many of the descriptions in the sighting reports do not fit with any species of frigatebird, according to Whitcomb, and the estimated sizes are much too large for bats: Many estimates of wingspan are over six feet, with some of the reportedly featherless flying creatures, including some in California, appearing to be over fifteen feet in wingspan


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