Reports of Living Pterosaurs According to the American nonfiction author Jonathan Whitcomb, many eyewitness accounts of live pterosaurs cannot be reasonably dismissed as pranks, misidentifications, or hallucinations. He cites statistical data. Contact:                                                       KSN News Release Jonathan Whitcomb 5347 South New Hampton Drive Murray, UT 84123                     Press Room on Live Pterosaurs PHONE: 801 590-9692 EMAIL Web Page: About Whitcomb  Blog: Live Pterosaur Twitter - Jonathan Whitcomb For Immediate Release LONG BEACH, Calif/KSN/Jan 1, 2013 --- Pterosaurs, commonly called “pterodactyls,” live in various parts of the world, according to Jonathan Whitcomb, of Long Beach, California. He has written three nonfiction books, based on eyewitness reports that he has received over the nine years of his investigation in cryptozoology. By the end of 2012, he had compiled statistics on the more credible sightings, including details that, after examination, make hoaxes an unsatisfactory explanation for the reports overall. Long tails dominate. Of those eyewitnesses who specified tail length or the presence or absence of a long tail, 95% reported a long tail. This alone discredits any skeptic’s insinuation that the sightings are mostly hoaxes, for few, if any, hoaxers would report a long-tailed pterosaur. Films and television have given us images of pterosaurs without long tails, with few exceptions. Hoaxers would not likely report something contrary to what is commonly seen in film or on television. Overall statistics for wingspan estimates also count against any major hoax involvement. For those eyewitnesses who made estimates of wingspan, 31% (23 out of 74) reported sizes greater than seven feet but less than fifteen feet. If many hoaxes were involved, this range (7-15 feet, non-inclusive) would have been much less; it relates to two factors: 1) Many sighting reports include a description of a long tail, and that type of pterosaur (Rhamphorhynchoid), known from its many fossils, is thought of as small, generally less than seven feet in wingspan. 2) Dramatic depictions of pterosaurs, both in movies and on television, generally involve huge size, often with wingspans over fifteen feet. Any major hoax involvement would have made the 7-15 feet range of wingspans less than 31%, so few (if any) hoaxes were involved. Reports that indicate the probability of lack of feathers---those reports give us an additional insight. Of all the sighting reports compiled into the database by the end of 2012, those in which eyewitnesses were sure of the lack of any feathers was 21% but those eyewitnesses who thought it only probable (that there were no feathers) was 25%. If hoaxes played a major role in the sighting reports, an insistence on lack of feathers would dominate. This is the opposite of what the overall data shows for this characteristic. Eyewitnesses who are positive about featherlessness are outnumbered by those who are not positive about it. Misidentification sometimes comes up. On occasion, somebody will see a Frigate bird and report it as a possible ropen (modern long-tailed pterosaur). But those reports compiled into the database were the ones less likely to be from misidentifications. The combination of featherless appearance, long tail, and head crest (common combinations in the reports) make misidentification of birds or bats unlikely. In addition, some eyewitnesses later examined photographs of Frigate birds and found them far different from what they had witnessed. Hallucination is unreasonable for most sightings, for 53% of them involved multiple eyewitnesses (47% were individuals), and some of the interviews were lengthy enough to filter out obvious mental health issues. ### KSN News Release Live Pterosaurs in Australia and in Papua New Guinea, was published in Sep, 2012, in Amazon’s Kindle (digital) format Jonathan David Whitcomb, author of three nonfiction cryptozoology books on living pterosaurs, including the most recent ebook on sightings in Australia and in Papua New Guinea Table of Contents in the nonfiction book by Whitcomb: Live Pterosaurs in Australia and in Papua New Guinea From the Introduction: Western indoctrination into universal extinctions---that subject may deserve a book of its own; we'll cover it only in part, mostly in the first chapter.