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UFO and/or Pterosaur Photographed in Nihuil Argentina Above Lake

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature,, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Sep 07 2009

Photo:Unidentified Flying Object; Sept. 7, 2009. Click to enlarge.

Versions of this story and a series of blurry, low reso photos appeared in various South American newpaper outlets. The following news story was translated from Diarios De Los Andes.

A gentleman photographed and object that he noted was silent and that was hovering several feet above the lake near the shoreline. One photo in particular has prompted some to suggest that this was a sighting of a fishing/hunting pterosaur.

The other photos in the series do not as clearly support that or any other known object. The pterosaur hypothesis remains viable but unproven given the quality of these photos. One way to also see the other photos as pterosaur is to assume that it is flying drectly away from the viewer with the wings in profile, the long neck visible with the other appendages as legs and traling tail. (But hey, you have eyes) :0)

Photo: “UFO” compared to pterosaur and Ropen. Click to view larger version.

Sooner or later the continued existence of the pterosaur will be a proven fact and when that happens, it will put the “mythology” of the ancients and flying dragons in an interesting context. See Tracking the Ancient Griffin, Modern Monsters and the “Extinct” Pterosaur Through Art, History and Science-…If you haven’t already…

See Also:Weird Object over Wichita

He went to fish and says that he saw a UFO
Diarios de lLos Andes, Sept 7, 2009

A resident of the City of Nihuil in Argentina went to fish and encountered and unknown flying object near the shoreline of the dam. He managed to take several photos of the object with his the cellular phone.

This is one of the photos of the series that the fisherman took near the shoreline of the lake. (Top, left)(Images: Newspaper San Rafael)

A man who lives in the town of Nihuil is said to have seen an object that could not identify. He took photos of the object with his cellular phone and he believes that it is a UFO (not identified flying object).

“I saw it and by luck was able to take several photos of it. The fishing fanatic said that he did not want to reveal his identity. According to the story published in the today, the resident of Nihuil saw the object unknown flying over the lake in the late hours of Saturday afternoon.

The man who made “incredible” discovery, at first, did not want anyone to find out about what he had seen. But a friend convinced him to present the news to the press, relates the early riser. ”

He was not afraid during the encounter. Besides he continued, I liked it because they are things that are of interest to me, since I believe that alien life must exist on other planets. He affirmed the sighting in handwritten declarations to thepress. After snapping the images on the telephone, he realized that the unknown object in the sky had disappeared.

This story also told at Diario de Dan Rafael

Thunderbird Over Pittsburgh PA?

Crypto,, Science, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Sep 01 2009

Photo credit: Anomalist/Cryptomundo 2009

This photo (this is a small section) was taken by a corporation president with his i-Phone back in 2007. He recently uploaded it to a website and it eventually ended up with Loren Coleman at

According to the photographer, (whose name is known but unpublished) this photo was “taken during a weird storm outside an apartment complex in Pittsburg, PA.” He took some time trying to find someone who would be interested in it on the internet.

The apartment complex below the mystery element in the photo helps to put its size into some type of context.

Photo: Augmented detail and comparison with eagle. Click for higher reso.

“I promise you this is an authentic untouched photo. If you look at the center slightly right and just below the cloud anomaly you can spot the thunderbird. It was a really weird cloud. Super dark but all clear to the right of the cloud and to the left. But the cloud was really dark and in a straight line as far as I could see in front of me and behind me. Never seen a cloud like it before or since. Never seen a bird that large either.”

According to Cryptomundo, the photo more specifically was taken in the community of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County from a Walmart parking lot.

We took the photo and put it through some paces to determine if we could see an obvious insertion (i.e. fake) to the photo or whether we could draw out more detail. It appears to fit the profile of a large bird. Here our “augmentation” is compared with a photo of the American Bald Eagle.

The full story can be found here:Cryptomundo:Mystery Photo, A Thunderbird?–PLus Full Size, complete photo here.

ExtraI understand that at Cryptomundo the prevailing theory is “lamp post light fixture”. When I heard that I thought; interesting. Is this just a case of verisimilitude, um (cough) dude? Now that our “enhancement” is posted over there, I expect that not one person who said lamp post is reconsidering for one split second. If only concrete set as quickly as “expert opinions”. It is an i-phone photo so perhaps a definitive answer will never be known. The exception is the “expert photo analysts” who reside a CM and all other such sites. They can form and hold an expert opinion in one second, and fifty years respectively. Its a good thing that dripping scorn is invisible :0)……

This final photo on the left is a photo of an apparent large flying cryptid taken on 9-11 near the World Trade Center. That story can be read here.

Two other recent PA. giant winged cryptids here and here.

Related: :It’s Just a Bird is Your belief? Well, Hold up a Second Chief..

Its just a bird is your belief? Well hold up a second Chief, I’ll make my rebuttal brief, Don’t you know birdies don’t have teeth?

Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 10 2009

Photo: Mochica Culture vase replica and modern depictons of a pterosaur. Photo by Oscar Miranda.

Mochica Culture

Ancient Native American civilization on the coast of N Peru. Previously called Early Chimu (see Chimu), the Mochica were warriors with a highly developed social and political organization.

They built temples, pyramids, and aqueducts of adobe brick, were skilled in irrigation, and produced remarkable ceramics. In their stirrup jars, painted with scenes of everyday life, and their figure-modeled portrait jars they revealed fantasy and humor and achieved an astonishing fidelity to human forms.

Photo: Ancient Mochica vase compared with pterosaur skull with teeth. Click photo for larger and more detailed view.

The civilization, which began c.100 B.C., is believed to have lasted 1,000 years….Source:

Birds Don’t Have Teeth

Modern birds are characterised by feathers, a beak with no teeth, the laying of hard-shelled eggs, a high metabolic rate, a four-chambered heart, and a lightweight but strong skeleton. All birds have forelimbs modified as wings and most can fly, with some exceptions including ratites, penguins, and a number of diverse endemic island species.

Birds also have unique digestive and respiratory systems that are highly adapted for flight. Some birds, especially corvids and parrots, are among the most intelligent animal species; a number of bird species have been observed manufacturing and using tools, and many social species exhibit cultural transmission of knowledge across generations….wikipedia

Image Processing of Current Sightings of Chemiluminescent Pterosaur and Ropens Observed in Stephensville,Texas; Guadalajara and Mexico City, Mexico; Papua New Guinea, and San Francisco, California.

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature,, Science, The Flood of Noah, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 03 2009

Our friend Clifford Paiva of BSM Research Associates recently appeared (2009) on an episode of Monster Quest; Flying Monsters.

Mr. Paiva appeared on camera to discuss his analysis of unidentified lights thought by some to be evidence of chemiluminescence in giant flying creatures known as Ropens or pterosaurs.

Chemoluminescence is the emission of light with limited emission of heat (luminescence), as the result of a chemical reaction. Mr. Paiva analyzed film from several sightings featuring maneuvering lights from an unknown source.

According to his site where the results and explanations for the results of his analysis is posted:

“Image processing for this section is implemented by (Clifford Paiva); the hardware and software computer integration being provided by (his) son, Mr. Alexander M. Paiva specifically for The History Channel Monsterquest Flying Monsters program.

Hydrodynamics of lift forces, coefficients of lift as a function of pterosaur wing area, and overall dive velocity profiles were included in the follow-up technical report to be released August 2009.”

Details of Paiva’s Analysis including Graphical and Photographic Information is Posted Here

Mystery of the Pterosaur Figurine in the 1983 Period Movie; “The Scarlet and the Black”

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature,, Science, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
May 07 2009

Video captures by J Pratt.

This scene occurs at about the 1 hr 52 minute mark of the Italian television film “The Scarlet and the Black” featuring (among other notable actors) Christopher Plummer as the commander of the Gestapo during the Nazi occupation of Rome in World War II (after the fall of Mussolini).

I have difficulty believing that the set and location designers, after striving to ensure authentic locations and art for the settings of the film, decided that for this one scene they really needed to create a life-sized gold-plated pterodactyl statue to glare at Plummer’s character from next to a fireplace!

Photo:Two Views (video captures) from the Movie; “The Scarlet and the Black”

You should find two attached jpgs, one of which presents the statue at the closest zoom of the filming camera, and one of which presents the statue from a master shot at another slightly different angle. The resolution is not very good, unfortunately; if you can rent the film at Blockbuster or Netflix, you may be able to obtain a better screen grab. (It certainly looks even more impressive on a high-def television!)

You may recognize this as something you already have better pictures of, but if not then it likely still exists somewhere in Rome in an artistic collection.

J. Pratt

Photo: “Scarlet” ptero compared with alleged dead (non-crested) pterosaur from the 1950′s

As you can see from the photos and comparisons shown here,Jason is on to something. Is is definitely a statue/figure of a pterosaur, probably a crested pterosaur like pterodactylus or a pterodactyl with head spike. The question then is, why is it near the fireplace in a period movie about Nazi’s and the Catholic church?

Is it meant as a joke? I assure you that there are few if any modern gold-plated or bronze statues of pterodactyls. As Jason wondered, is it a reproduction of an anncient Roman piece? Possibly Egyptian, or Greek? We’d ask the set dresser where he got the piece, but he died a few years ago.

Does anyone recognize the style or the piece? Does anyone have the movie in high definition on DVD? Maybe we can obtain a better look at this “pterosaur”…

Information About “The Scarlet and the Black”

The Scarlet and the Black is a 1983 made for TV movie starring Gregory Peck and Christopher Plummer. This production should not be confused with the 1993 British television mini series The Scarlet and the Black, which starred Ewan McGregor and Rachel Weisz.

Based on J. P. Gallagher’s book The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican (published in 1967), this movie tells the story of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, a real life Irish Catholic priest who saved thousands of Jews and Allied POWs from Nazi occupied Rome.

Plot synopsis
In 1943, German-occupied Rome witnessed many atrocities of the Gestapo under the command of Colonel Herbert Kappler. Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, an Irish priest, was assigned to the Vatican under the pontificate of Pope Pius XII. Despite official Vatican neutrality and significant risk to his position within the church and personal safety, O’Flaherty organizes an enormous network of civilians to save Jewish refugees and Allied POWs from the Nazis.

Colonel Kappler discovers that O’Flaherty is giving shelter to Allied prisoners and orders a white line be drawn around the Vatican compound, later placing German guards along the perimeter and checking identification of those entering to try to stop the inflow of POW’s who O’Flaherty has been helping.

The film portrays the brutal tactics of the Gestapo who torture and execute a priest found to be actively assisting the resistance fighters. Kappler makes it his aim not only to stop O’Flaherty’s efforts, but also to have him assassinated.

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Dead Pterosaur Photo Compared to Rhamphorhynchoidea

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature,, Science, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 26 2008

This photo has been on the site for some time but we hadn’t posted our comparison with one of the long tailed Rhamphorhynchoidea pterosaurs similar to Rhamphorhynchus.

This photo is allegedly from the 1950′s and was printed in Ripley’s Believe it Or not or similar magazine and shows a ranch hand holding up a long tailed creature that science says should have been extinct-for many millions of years.

Photo 2 shows the alleged pterosaur compared with two versions of Rhamphorhynchus. Text is provided primarily so that we could have something to wrap around the photos…

Rhamphorhynchus was an early pterosaur. It belonged to a group called the rhamphorhynchoids. They were small in size and had long narrow wings made from skin stretched over a long fourth finger of the hand. These animals also could have had a throat pouch for storage.

Rhamphorhynchus (which means “beak snout”) was an early pterosaur, an extinct flying reptile closely related to dinosaurs. It belonged to a group called the rhamphorhynchoids. Rhamphorhynchus, a primitive type of flying reptile, was less specialized than the later pterodactyls. This primitive pterosaurus was a carnivore, that probably ate fish and insects.

It may have hunted by draping its beak in the water. It would snap its sharp teeth shut and toss the food into its throat pouch. This throat pouch, a structure, that has been preserved in some fossils, could have been used for storage. Click Here for Larger Comparison Photo with Rhamphorhynchoidea pterosaurs

Rhamphorhynchus was small in size and had long, narrow wings made from skin stretched over a long, fourth finger of the hand. It had long, thin pointed tail (4 inch/20 cm), which ended in a diamond-shaped flap of skin. It may have been used as a rudder to direct himself when flying.

Rhamphorhynchus had long, narrow jaws with large spiked teeth that pointed outwards. Its small body with a long neck and tiny legs was supported by a relatively large head. ……Wikipedia

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Living Pterosaurs Newsletter #12

Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 08 2008

by Jonathan Whitcomb

The two photos presented here are from and were not an original part of this newsletter. They are presented here because it seemed to be a subject well suited to present them, and we decided to make one post rather than two. It is our assertion that this piece represents a pterosaur, which would certainly be anomalous (by 65 million years).

Photo 1: Antique art from Nigeria, from the book; “L’Oiseau Dans Ll’arte de Afrique L’Oues”, (Birds in the art of West Africa)

Photo 2: The Nigerian piece compared with the fossil skulls of pterosaurs and with ancient drawing from Kalimantan.


Living-pterosaur investigations (including, but not limited to, sighting investigations) continue. These cryptozoological studies began around 1994, when Carl Baugh (of the Creation Evidence Museum, in Glen Rose, Texas) and missionary Jim Blume interviewed nationals (natives) on Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea.

Baugh was assisted by Paul Nation (also of that area of Texas) in the 1994 expedition. In 2004, the investigations continued with the expeditions of Jonathan Whitcomb, David Woetzel, and Garth Guessman, who explored Umboi and interviewed many eyewitnesses.

In late 2006, Paul Nation returned to Papua New Guinea, but not to Umboi Island. He was flown into a remote mountainous area of the mainland by the pilot Jim Blume. Nation had several night sightings of what the local villagers call “indava.” He videotaped two lights that were similar to the glowing forms
of Umboi Island (these kinds of creatures seem to have a bioluminescence).


In recent years, most investigations involve sightings in North American, especially the West Coast of the U.S.A.

The archive of the previous newsletter (011) (about a Southern California investigation and about the bat-ropen connection) is found at:

Newsletter 11

Lines of Influence

Jim Blume interviewed many natives (late 20th Century). Blume was interviewed, by telephone, by Garth Guessman. Guessman gave a copy of the audiotaped interview to Whitcomb. Whitcomb included much of Blume’s information in his book. The book (“Searching for Ropens”) encouraged investigators to continue. Garth Guessman and David Woetzel began a new investigation (No. America).

Guessman & Woetzel were joined by Scott Norman, who saw a large pterosaur. Reports of Norman’s sighting were believed by some cryptozoologists. Living-pterosaur investigations now have more credibility in cryptozoology.

Jim Blume assisted Carl Baugh with interviewing on Umboi. Baugh brought Paul Nation along on one of the expeditions. Nation returned, alone, to Umboi, in 2002, strengthening friendships. The friendly villagers (natives on Umboi) assisted Whitcomb in 2004.

Whitcomb updated Guessman and Woetzel on conditions on Umboi. Guessman and Woetzel arrived and interviewed other natives on Umboi Island. Those two Americans obtained much information, leading to a scientific paper. Woetzel’s paper introduced living-pterosaur ideas to scientists in the U.S.

Woetzel’s published paper lead Whitcomb to write for the same journal. Readers of the journal better realized the depth of the investigations. (Lines of influence are still to come in the scientific community)

Paul Nation instructed and prepared Whitcomb to explore Umboi Island. Whitcomb explored Umboi Island and interviewed eyewitnesses. Info. from Whitcomb’s interviews were published in 1st edition of his book.

Book (1st ed.) influenced a businessman to help finance Nation’s 2006 trip. Paul Nation’s 2006 expedition resulted in videotape of indava light. Information on Nation’s 2006 expedition was put into 2nd edition of the book.

Paul Nation obtained video footage of indava lights. Footage of indava lights was later analyzed by physicist Cliff Paiva. Paiva’s analysis encouraged Whitcomb to write more web pages. Substantial number of web pages attracted attention of more eyewitnesses. New eyewitnesses enabled Whitcomb to continue interviewing: more data.

Paul Nation’s videotaped indava lights encouraged Destination Truth. Destination Truth team obtained their own video of “ropen” light. Broadcast of Destination Truth introduced many Americans to the ropen. More American eyewitnesses are now open to being interviewed.

Duane Hodgkinson saw a giant flying “pterodactyl” in 1944. Hodgkinson told of his experience to Carl Baugh. Baugh accepted Hodgkinson’s account, encouraging Hodgkinson. Hodgkinson contacted Whitcomb (2004) and told him much information. Whitcomb was encouraged to go to Papua New Guinea (Umboi). . . etc. Hodgkinson’s openness allowed Guessman to give him a videotaped interview.

A portion of that video was put onto YouTube (online) by Whitcomb. Many thousands of YouTube watchers were introduced to living pterosaurs. Some YouTube viewers told Whitcomb about their own sightings.

(These are just a sample of many lines of influence.)

Near Collision over Indonesia

A few weeks ago, the pilot of a small plane reported a large flying creature: Just this past June, it nearly collided with the plane. It was about 150 miles southeast of Bali, Indonesia, at 6500 feet.

Immediately after the near collision, both the pilot and co-pilot said, “pterodactyl!” I (Jonathan Whitcomb) received emails from both men. They are both former navy pilots and I found their testimonies credible, without any sign of a hoax and without any sign of a predisposition to promote the concept of living pterosaurs. They do not seem inclined to either disparage or promote our investigations.

Although this sighting off the coast of Indonesia was too brief for the men to be sure of many details
of appearance, the size of the creature (at first the pilot thought it was another plane) and altitude
seem inconsistent with common birds or bats in the southwest Pacific. It could have been a ropen.
This sighting is not given as independent evidence of living pterosaurs; it is appreciated, however,
in context with all the sightings of giant pterosaur-like creatures reported in the southwest Pacific:
Perhaps large ropens can fly above 6000 feet.

For more information, see:
Pterosaur Indonesia
Investigation in Georgia (United States)

I’ve been communicating, by email, with an eyewitness in Georgia. Two flying creatures were seen within a period of less than two weeks; one was larger than the other, but they were in the same general area. The sightings were just this past summer (2008).

From the drawings the lady sent to me, I am calling this apparent pterosaur “Hammerhead Ropen.” The head appendage is somewhat similar to that of the creatures seen by Hodgkinson and Hennessy; but the beak and the appendage seem more like one continuous head-structure. The head-appendage has a somewhat curved shape. Both beak and head-appendage are more blunt than is in the sketches of the Hodgkinson-Hennessy creatures.

The tail ends in a “flat, thick, heart-shaped pad.” Fortunately, this eyewitness is an artist; the drawings are better than almost any others that I have seen. I will be talking with her about the possibility of letting the world see her sketches. (She is still an anonymous eyewitness.)

Back issues of the first eight issues of this newsletter are at:

Archived Newsletters


Thank you for your interest in living pterosaurs.

See Also: Nigerian Pterosaur Art

Unidentified Flying Objects Over England: Possible Pterosaur Identifications?

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature,, Science, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 03 2008

Photo: Gordon’s umbrella shaped UFO on the right.

We’re not sure why we have focused so much lately on pterosaurs-still alive, still making the occasional appearance even though science says they’ve been extinct for millions of years–but we do have another here-with photos.

All the featured photos on this page were taken by Mr. Gordon Dungavel and are copyrighted by him. Their use here does not imply that Mr. Dungavel endorses any of our theories or speculations.

Mr. Dungavel is an avid skywatcher and photographer and a description of a sighting that he sent in to Coast to Coast caught our attention. His desciption of the “metal ball” hanging from the object reminded us of the tail vane of the pterosaur. This feature is often represented in ancient literature in “dragon” representations as a diamond shaped object at the end of a long tail.

It turns out, that five years ago, Mr. Dungavel took several early morning photos of what he later called the “batman”. A sample of those photos are also reproduced here.

“May 6th, 2007, 4.30 p.m.– “A small blue object shot across the sky above my wife and I [Harringdon Road, Bedford, Beds. England]. It was umbrella in shape with a hanging metal ball beneath its base.”"

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Eyewitness Accounts: Thunderbirds Over Western Pennsylvania

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature, Science, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Jun 16 2008

By “The Paranormal Pastor” * , Robin Swope

The reason these stories are of interest to us of course, besides our natural curiosity concerning God’s creation, is that we believe that some of these creatures being reported are still existing pterosaurs.

After reading the June 4, 2008 edition of Cryptomundo where Loren Coleman highlights the recent Thunderbird sightings in the Appalachians as reported by Stan Gordon, I reflected back to an incident that happened to me a few years ago in Western Pennsylvania.

I think I saw a Thunderbird myself in July of 2001

In 2000 I started working in a local graveyard in Erie County Pennsylvania. I had left association with Denominational churches a few years prior because of the many abuses of power and people that I had seen over the years. Eventually I started my own independent non-denominational organization called Open Gate Ministerial Services to offer services that you would normally find in a church to those who did not belong to any church or religious organization.

As an ordained clergyman of a small fellowship that acted as a church I performed Weddings, Funerals, Baptism/Dedications, and other services as needed to whomever needed them. But it didn’t pay well. In fact I never asked for any fee, and lot of the time I never received one. But I liked that. It was very liberating.

But I still had bills to pay and knowing that I went out into the workforce to support my family while still being able to minister to others through our organization.

I ended up working at the graveyard as a gravedigger. I started off as a salesman, but I couldn’t make a sale for the life of me. I’m just not the salesman type- especially cemetery sales which is harder than most. But there was an opening in the maintenance department and it paid above the average wage at the time so I jumped at the chance.

*Self named

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