KSN News Release
Not All Biology Professors Fight Modern Flying Dinosaurs
Recent poll of university professors of biology reveals slightly different opinions about the possibility of living pterosaurs
Contact:                                                        KSN News Release Jonathan Whitcomb 5347 South New Hampton Dr. Murray, Utah  84123                       Press Room on Live Pterosaurs PHONE: 801-590-9692 EMAIL Web Page: Whitcomb’s Expedition in PNG  Blog: Live Pterosaur Twitter - Jonathan Whitcomb For Immediate Release LONG BEACH, Calif/KSN/Feb 18, 2013 --- A recent survey of biology professors in the USA reveals not all of them are completely convinced that all species of pterosaurs became extinct by 65 million years ago. Although less than 2% of the professors replied to the survey, the response to the question of the possibility of modern living pterosaurs ranged from 0% to 5%, averaging 1.5%. Because of the sensitivity of the subject, the professors were promised anonymity. This allowed respondents to openly reveal their true feelings about the controversial idea that extinction of “ancient” flying creatures was not a universal extinction. One professor said, “Pterosaurs are extinct and have been for 10’s of millions of years. Period.” Another said, “I would LOVE it if there were living pterosaurs. That would simply be one of the coolest things ever, like finding a Coelacanth.  But as far as I know there is zero scientific evidence to support their existence.  Doesn't mean they don't exist, just means we don't have any evidence that they do.  Sort of like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster.” Despite the skepticism, only half of the professors responding gave a probability estimate of zero for an extant species of pterosaur. Jonathan Whitcomb, of Long Beach, California, [later living in Murray, Utah] administered the survey to biology professors to learn how many of them were aware of the research and expeditions that he and his associates had conducted, and how sure those professors were about extinction of all species of pterosaurs. He concluded that most biologists have no desire to become involved in the controversy. From January 30 to February 7, 2013, biology professors in four major universities in the Western United States were questioned about their knowledge of the ropen of Papua New Guinea. None who responded acknowledged they had been aware of the research or expeditions. On February 18, 2013, Whitcomb concluded it was unlikely any more professors would respond to the survey. He also concluded that many biology professors would have given a higher rating to the probability of modern living pterosaurs if they had known about the research. Whitcomb has written three nonfiction cryptozoology books based upon eyewitness testimonies of apparent pterosaurs, what common people often call “pterodactyls” or “flying dinosaurs.” As of early February, 2013, he had interviewed two professors who were them- selves eyewitnesses of an apparent pterosaur or something that could have been one. (Neither professor was involved in the survey.) One of those two eyewitnesses is a professor of biology, Peter Beach. ### KSN News Release has no relationship to KSN.com and is also not related to the KSN-TV that is based in Wichita, Kansas.
Live Pterosaurs in America, third edition, will take you on a journey across the USA, with astonishing eyewitness encounters with flying creatures unlike any birds or bats known to science: modern pterosaurs
Jonathan Whitcomb has interviewed eyewitnesses from around the world, mostly by email: ordinary persons who have encountered extraordinary flying creatures whose descriptions strongly suggest living pterosaurs.
The first page of “Reports of Living Pterosaurs in the Southwest Pacific,” by Jonathan D. Whitcomb, a peer-reviewed scientific paper in a journal of science