From chapter 8: Live Pterosaurs in America
Whether running on land, or swimming in water, or flying through air, many little guys are
hunted and eaten by a few big guys. What allows predator to catch prey? Whether with greater
speed, or with greater team work, or with greater intelligence, predators must use an
advantage. And whatever elevates the predator above the prey will also make it appear
different, to some degree. Of course a careless glance may not reveal any difference between
a shark and the fish it eats. Falcons and sparrows are small birds; ant lions and ants are small
insects. I know some exceptions: a few strange mammals eat only ants, and a few large
spiders eat small birds; nevertheless, many differences are subtle, allowing predators to run or
swim or fly alongside prey. . . .
To a biologist, bats and pterosaurs have only limited similarity, most obviously featherless-
flying. But if they lived together, flying at night, could there be a predator-prey relationship?
I know a friend of a missionary in the Congo. In one area, pterosaur-like animals are known by
the natives, according to the missionary, and he himself believes he saw one swoop down on a
tree full of bats, causing the bats to scatter in all directions. . . .
[by American author Jonathan Whitcomb]
Gitmo Pterosaur & Marfa Lights
Soon after his 1971 sighting of two pterosaurs
in Cuba, Eskin Kuhn sketched out details. He
saw the flying creatures in daylight, with no clue
that they might be nocturnal & bioluminescent.
For many years, eyewitnesses in Texas have
seen long-tailed “pterodactyls.” For countless
generations around Marfa, Texas, people have
seen strange flying lights: Marfa Lights. What if
all of it is related? Maybe the mystery lights are
the bioluminescence of flying predators.
Copyright © Jonathan Whitcomb 2011