One of the largest newspapers in the United States, the Houston Chronicle, printed “What’s going on in Marfa,” in their December 19, 2010, issue, dismissing the possibility that “dinosaurs” are responsible for the mysterious lights of southwest Texas. That brings up the question, “Why would the largest newspaper in Texas print an article that comes to a conclusion that seems so obvious?” Why would anyone think that the mysterious Marfa Lights, the glowing orbs that fly over bushes about once a month, are bioluminescent dinosaurs?
That newspaper article by Claudia Feldman, a staff writer for the Houston Chronicle, was elicited by a press release that caught her attention: “Unmasking a Flying Predator in Texas,” by Long Beach, California, resident Jonathan Whitcomb. That press release was about the possibility of living pterosaurs, not dinosaurs:
Whitcomb was a forensic videographer, in 2004, when he traveled to Papua New Guinea, hoping to videotape the glowing nocturnal “ropen,” said to be a large flying predator and scavenger. Although he did not see the creature, he interviewed many natives, who impressed him with their credibility and amazed him with what they had seen. Whitcomb became convinced that the ropen is a pterosaur, commonly called by Americans “pterodactyl” or “flying dinosaur.”
After returning to the United States, he wrote many web pages about the concept of modern living pterosaurs in the southwest Pacific. He was surprised at the response: emails and phone calls from eyewitnesses of apparent pterosaurs in the United States.
He analyzed the eyewitness accounts of those flying creatures and wrote a nonfiction book: “Live Pterosaurs in America.” The second edition of that cryptozoology book has just been published (ISBN-13: 9781456341350).
In addition, Whitcomb did not say he was sure that the Marfa Lights are made by creatures very similar to the ropen of Papua New Guinea. He pointed out that some characteristics of the flights of those more mysterious lights of Texas do suggest a group of predators that return to that area regularly and hunt as a group.