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Jonathan Whitcomb writes nonfiction books on living pterosaurs, with some serious subjects involving a Western cultural weakness and the trials faced by eyewitnesses of creatures thought long extinct. Yet he feels it healthy to sprinkle in bits of humor, to lighten up a subject that might otherwise cause stress, for example: As of early 2014, the author has never been a best-selling author, never made a million dollars, and never been seen on American television . . . although it was not by design. He has, however, been very popular with people who report that they have seen large pterodactyls flying around. Unfortunately, the author has been less popular with people who have not seen large pterodactyls flying around. He is dearly loved by his wife and children and grandchildren, especially when he talks with them about anything other than large pterodactyls flying around. One critic online once portrayed him as a "kook" and mocked him for leading a group of young earth creationists on an expedition in Africa. But the author denies ever having set foot in Africa and denies leading any YEC's anywhere. He led his interpreter in Papua New Guinea, without enough food. His rigorous writing schedule makes it impractical for him to adequately research the relevant definitions of "kook," so he has not yet made a response to that. He usually sits in front of his computer, writing blog posts or using email to ask an eyewitness if the creature had a long tail, or something like "Are you sure it had no feathers?" But in September of 2004, Mr. Whitcomb took no computer with him as he boarded a plane in Los Angeles. He would return one month later, after interviewing natives on a remote tropical island in Papua New Guinea: islanders who had witnessed a strange flying creature that glows when it flies at night and looks like a giant pterosaur when it appears in daylight. In the many years since his expedition, he has been explaining the concept of modern living pterosaurs to all who will listen, and has been interviewed on radio and online-podcast talk shows for audiences in the USA, Canada, Australia, and the UK. He has actively been trying to explain why these flying creatures are not extinct. He has also been perfecting a related explanation, so his wife will understand why he was gone for one month in 2004, chasing giant flying dinosaurs. With all that said, he mostly writes on serious aspects of cryptozoology, science, and religion.

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