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? Yes. 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