Be Reasonable: Episode #008 – Jonathan Whitcomb


This month on Be Reasonable we speak to American Cryptozoologist Jonathan Whitcomb. Best known for his research into living Pterosaurs, Whitcomb authored a book in 2006 called ‘Searching for Ropens‘ about his research to date, in which he also criticises the standard model of universal and ancient pterosaur extinction.

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  1. #1 by NickT on August 27, 2013 - 14:58

    What diverse topics you cover!

    Another interesting interview. It was interesting that Jonathan was at pains to say how rare and specific the conditions have to be for bones to fossilize.

    And yet we still have them. We don’t have a recent body of a pterosaur. I’m not sure got enough information to get to the bottom of that discrepancy.

    I’d love to ask Jonathan if he believed in, say, Bigfoot*, and if not why not? I wonder if he would dismiss evidence for Bigfoot that he accepts for living Pterosaurs? *Replace Bigfoot with another cryptid as appropriate.

    Thanks for being reasonable again!

  2. #2 by Travis on September 7, 2013 - 06:04

    Great one I do like ‘monster’ themes

    I did wonder though what Jonathan Whitcomb would have made of the Bioluminescence claim for the Ropen.

    Creationists normally go a bit quiet when its brought up.

  3. #3 by TracyM on September 24, 2013 - 15:08

    I enjoyed this episode.

    Fossil records show pterosaurs had a wingspan ranging from 5 to 10 meters, but none show up on Google Earth images. You can see other large animals elephants are ~10 meters in length & they show up on Google Earth.

    But still, pterosaurs are pterrifying.

  4. #4 by Mat Hunt on October 1, 2013 - 20:19

    It’s interesting that he tries to say that the usual ideas of evolution don’t seem to apply. Indeed, if the environment of the dinosaur in question, the environment would have had to have remained stable in order for the dinosaur to remain relatively the same.

  5. #5 by Jonathan Whitcomb on February 7, 2014 - 09:05

    Reply to #1: Yes, Nick, I believe that many sighting reports of Bigfoot are genuine encounters with a large ape-like animal that is not yet acknowledged in Western science. The number and variety of reports are too great to ignore, in my opinion.

  6. #6 by Jonathan Whitcomb on February 7, 2014 - 09:10

    Reply to #2: My associates have been quite open to the bioluminescent concept for modern pterosaurs. In fact, Biblical creationists are the ones who have suggested that bioluminescence is part of the answer to why we have the “fiery flying serpent” in the Old Testament. Whether or not a person labels me “creationist,” I have written much, over the past ten years, about the apparent bioluminescence of modern pterosaurs, perhaps more words than all other active cryptozoologists combined.

  7. #7 by Jonathan Whitcomb on February 7, 2014 - 09:14

    Reply to #3: Where does that idea come from, that no large pterosaur has shown up on Google Earth? How few persons would even think to look for that or recognize it when they saw it! But we have a simpler explanation for why news headlines do not proclaim such a discovery: Modern pterosaurs appear to be nocturnal.

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