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
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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.
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