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Spotlight On The Tombstone Pteranodon
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Tombstone Epitaph, April 26, 1890

A winged monster, resembling a huge alligator with an extremely elongated tail and
an immense pair of wings, was found on the desert between the Whetstone and
Huachuca mountains last Sunday by two ranchers who were returning home from
the Huachucas. The creature was evidently greatly exhausted by a long flight and
when discovered was able to fly but a short distance at a time. After the first shock
of wild amazement as it passed the two men, who were on horseback and armed
with Winchester rifles , regained sufficient courage to pursue the monster and after
an exciting chase of several miles succeeded in getting near enough to open fire with
their rifles and wounding it.

Strange Winged Monster Discovered and Killed on the
Huachuca Desert
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Sasquatch Attacks!

As we came closer to the animal it became apparent quickly that what we were
looking at was not a bear. There was a very large, hairy, mass walking away from us
on two legs. I can still remember the arms swaying as it strolled naturally down the
side of the road away from us.

As we got closer, about 50 yards or more as I remember it, the cars headlights
shown past the creature. I was at that time that our companion on the highway
became aware of our presence. It stopped, and I stopped. I remember this vividly,
the animal went to turn around to get a look at us. Now this was odd because the
animal had no neck, or not much of one, so it couldn't turn it's head to look at us it
had to turn its whole upper body.

This is when it happened...

The Horror On Highway 180
It's War!

Was Air Force pilot Thomas Mantell the first casualty of a US war against beings from
another world?

In the late 1940s reports of UFO sightings across the United States were at an all-
time high after the reported sighting of nine flying saucers over the Cascade Mountains
of Washington and the reported crash of a UFO in Roswell, New Mexico.

Though UFO reports from that era were rather benign, simply sightings of strange
objects in the sky, on the afternoon of January 7th, 1948, things would take a possibly
sinister, and fatal turn. Shortly after noon on that fateful afternoon many witnesses in
western Kentucky sighted a large unidentified craft, between 250 and 300 feet in
diameter souring above them at a fantastic speed.

UFO Shoots Down Air Force Fighter Over Kentucky?
This Place Scares The Crap Outta Me!

Aokigahara  (青木ヶ原), also known as the Sea of Trees (樹海) or Jukai, is a 14
square mile forest that lies at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan. Due to the wind-
blocking density of the trees and an absence of wildlife, the forest is known for being
exceptionally quiet and for the thickness of its trees. It is a twisting network of woody
vines, and has a dangerous unevenness of the forest floor. It is rocky, cold, and littered
with over 200 underground caves you could fall into accidentally. The forest is full
of paradox and contrast. Its historic association with demons in Japanese mythology
has long made it a popular place for suicides.

Spirits Of Death In A Sea Of Trees - Japan's Suicide Forest.
A True Story

In 1972 Charles Pierce, an ad salesman from Texarkana, borrowed $160,000 from a
friend who owned a car dealership, to make a movie about a local legend in Arkansas,
that he had heard about growing up. Armed with a hand-held camera, and the local
residents, who played themselves, Pierce set out to create a pseudo-documentary
about recent encounters with a Bigfoot-like creature in and around the small town of
Fouke. Amazingly enough, Pierce, with no experience at making movies, was able to
create a very believable and scary movie. His amateur actors, who obviously drew
inspiration from their real-life encounters, display such fear, that the viewer really gets
taken in by their raw emotion. Pierce's camera work and editing really creates a
genuine feeling of terror. His wisdom in only showing the monster from a distance, and
in the shadows, adds to the mystery and the overall eerie feeling of the film. It is
amazing that an amateur film maker, like Pierce, was able to master so many truly scary
film techniques in his first attempt at making a movie.

The Legend Of Boggy Creek (1972)(Charles B. Pierce)
UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government
Officials Go on the Record [Paperback]

An Air Force major is ordered to approach a brilliant UFO
in his Phantom jet over Tehran. He repeatedly attempts to
engage and fire on unusual objects heading right toward his
aircraft, but his missile control is locked and disabled.
Witnessed from the ground, this dogfight becomes the
subject of a secret report by the U.S. Defense Intelligence
Agency.

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Written By: Ken Hulsey

It is surprising how certain events from your childhood stick with you over the years and make subtle changes in who you are as a
person.

One such series of events that I remember vividly to this day, were a series of reports of 'flying monsters' that came out of Texas in
our nation's Bicentennial year (1976).

Since I was a very young lad, and I just so happened to have lived in Texas at the time, these reports both fascinated and terrified me.
Throughout the year reports seemed to be coming in quite frequently, and our local television news would start off it's broadcast with
the latest news on the monster.

I can still remember during the summer months being afraid to go outside and play, believing that the monster may swoop down and
attack me or possibly carry me off.

Though my research online only revealed news stories from that time period centering on sightings from an area close to the
Texas/Mexico border, in actuality they were coming from all over the state. Descriptions of the creature varied from that of a flying
dinosaur (pterosaurs) to something that looked more like a dragon with a head like a bat or even a gorilla.

Here is an excerpt from an
article I found online by David Hatcher Childress the recounts some of these sightings:

"Officer, There's a Pterodactyl in My Backyard!"

That there were sightings of pterodactyls in the 1800s, I have no doubt. In fact the sightings in the Sonora Desert continue to this day.
In the early months of 1976, a rash of "flying reptile" sightings were reported in the Rio Grande River Valley along the
Mexican-American border.

One of the first encounters was in the early hours of December 26, 1975 when a rancher named Joe Suárez discovered that a goat he
had tied up in a corral in Raymondville, Texas (about 30 miles north of the Rio Grande in southeastern Texas), had been ripped to
pieces and partially eaten by some unknown assailant. The goat had been mauled from the right side and was lying in a pool of blood
with the heart and lungs missing with the snout bitten away. The blood was still wet and warm when police officers examined the
carcass. They could find no footprints around the goat and concluded that a flying creature of unknown origin had caused the death.

Then, in the same town, on January 14, 1976 at about 10:30 in the evening on the north side of Raymondville, a young man named
Armando Grimaldo was sitting in the backyard of his mother-in-law's house when he was attacked by a strange winged creature.

"As I was turning to go look over on the other side of the house," said Armando to the Raymondville press, "I felt something grab me,
something with big claws. I looked back and saw it and started running. I've never been scared of nothing before but this time I really
was. That was the most scared I've ever been in my whole life."

This strange flying attacker had dived out of the sky-and it was something Grimaldo described as being about six feet tall with a
wingspread he estimated as being from ten to twelve feet. Its skin was blackish-brown, leathery and featherless. It had huge red eyes.

Grimaldo was terrified. He screamed and tried to run but tripped and fell face first into the dirt. As he struggled up to continue running
for his mother-in-law's house, the beast's claws continued to attempt to grasp him securely, tearing his clothes, which were now
virtually ripped to shreds. He managedto dive under a bush and the attacking animal, now breathing heavily, flew away into the sky.

Grimaldo then crashed into the house, collapsing on the floor, muttering "pájaro" (Spanish for bird) over and over again. He was taken
to the hospital, treated for shock and minor wounds, and released.

Blazing Red Eyes

A short time later, in nearby Brownsville, on the Rio Grande, a similar creature slammed into the mobile home of Alverico Guajardo
on the outskirts of town. Alverico went outside his trailer to investigate the crash into his house. When he noticed a large animal next
to the crash site, he got into his station wagon and turned the lights on to see the creature, which he later described as "something from
another planet."

As soon as the lights hit it, the thing rose up and glared at him with blazing red eyes. Alverico, paralyzed with fear, could only stare
back at the creature whose long, batlike wings were wrapped around its shoulders. All the while it was making a "horrible-sounding
noise in its throat." Finally, after two or three minutes of staring into the headlights of the station wagon, it backed away to a dirt road
a few feet behind it and disappeared in the darkness.

These were just the first of a number of bizarre encounters with seemingly prehistoric "birds." Also in January of 1976, two sisters,
Libby and Deany Ford, spotted a huge and strange "big black bird" by a pond near Brownsville. The creature was as tall as they were
and had a "face like a bat." They later identified it out of a book of prehistoric animals as a pteranodon.

The San Antonio Light newspaper reported on February 26, 1976, that three local school teachers were driving to work on an
isolated road to the south of the city on February 24 when they saw an enormous bird sweeping low over cars on the road. It had a
wingspan of 15-20 feet and leathery wings. It did not so much fly, as glide. They said that it was flying so low that when it swooped
over the cars its shadow covered the entire road.

As the three watched this huge flying creature, they saw another flying creature off in the distance circling a herd of cattle. It looked,
they thought, like an "oversized seagull." They later scanned encyclopedias at their school, and identified the creature as a pteranodon.

And here is another from
Blue Road Runner.com:

These reports didn't gain real notoriety until the mid-1970s, when a number of sightings of large birds or bats surfaced in Rio Grande
Valley, Texas. The first report came from the town of San Benito, where three people reputedly encounters with a bald-headed
creature. But rumors had long circulated among the Mexican inhabitants of the town about a large bird-like creature, believed to make
tch-tch-tch sounds.

On New Year's Day, 1976, two girls near Harlingen watched a large, birdlike creature with a "gorilla-like" face, a bald head, and a
short beak. The next day, a number of three-toed tracks were found in the field where the creature had stood . On January 14,
Armando Grimaldo said he was attacked by the creature at Raymondville. He said it was black, with a monkey's face and large eyes.
Further reports surfaced from Laredo and Olmito, with a final sighting reported from Eagle Pass on January 21.

Though reports of flying dinosaurs over Texas reached it's pinnacle in 1976, the state has been a 'hot spot' for such sightings since the
1800s. Things quieted down throughout the late 1970s, then unexpectedly there were another rash of sightings again in the early
1980s, followed again by a period of little to no reports.

Periodically reports of flying creatures still surface from time to time in Texas, but never to the extent of the ones that all surfaced in 76.
Creature Feature: The Big Bird

For the next two months, The Monitor will be running a nine-part series entitled "Creature Feature." Published each Thursday, this
series will feature creepy tales of ghosts, ghouls and cucuys from deep South Texas by author David Bowles, with illustrations by a
variety of local artists.

For two months in early 1976, the Rio Grande Valley was plagued by a massive flying beast known only as the Big Bird. On the
evening of January 7, San Benito policemen Arturo Padilla and Homero Galván separately spotted a strange winged form as they
patrolled. That same night, Alvérico Guajardo caught sight of the same creature in Brownsville: he described it as a giant bat. A week
later an airborne monster with leathery skin and simian features attacked Armando Grimaldo of Raymondville.

After that incident, there came an avalanche of reports. A group of teachers driving to San Antonio witnessed what they swore was a
prehistoric pteranodon. National media picked up the story. Johnny Carson joked about the Big Bird on The Tonight Show. But
when a reward was offered, hoaxes started cropping up.
Finally, the news reported the capture of a jabiru, an enormous South-American stork, and broadcast video of a large blue heron
native to Texas. Many people believed the mystery of the Big Bird solved, and the media turned to other stories. But those who had
encountered the creature, including the Perales family, insist to this day that it still haunts the skies of South Texas.

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Dinosaurs found on Papua New Guinea

Bat-like wings, a beak full of razor sharp teeth, tearing claws, a long tail with a flanged end, is this night-flying reptile a figment of the
imagination? Or does it provide living proof that dinosaurs still exist today in far-flung and obscure little corners of the world.
Researchers have unearthed the pterosaur, 2010.

The Ropen (Demon-flyer) has terrified the people of Papua New Guinea for thousands of years, a monster of the skies that swoops
down on its unsuspecting prey, often at night, and carries them off to its lair.

The world is full of tales of mythical beasts (the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, the Yhetti) and expeditions costing millions of dollars
have been carried out, often with the same result: little or no evidence, so the myth lives on.

Not so with the Ropen, or Dimorphodon Pterosaur, the flying reptile which is supposed to have died out 65 million years ago with the
rest of the dinosaurs, because, according to American-based researcher Terrence Aym*, “Eyewitness reports – collected by
determined exploration teams seeking strong evidence of the creatures – have led serious researchers to the conclusion that two
distinct animals exist”.
A visitor to the Ta Prohm Temple, deep in the Cambodian jungle, noticed something odd carved into the stone.

To the layman the carving looks exactly like a Stegosaurus, a giant reptile which lived during the Jurassic period, and according to the
fossil record, died out some 155 million years ago.

The likeness is unmistakable.

According to experts, it is believed that the temple was constructed around 1186 AD, long after the Stegosaurus went extinct.
Examination of the carving, showed no signs of being a modern addition to the stone work. The decoration is consistent with the other
carvings that adorn the temple, so it is highly unlikely that it is the work of a hoaxer.


Reportedly, the un-named person who discovered the dinosaur shaped carving, did some research on their own, quizzing local
villagers about the image. He (or she) was surprised to find that stories passed down from generation to generation indicated that the
creature had been spotted several times throughout the tribes history, even in recent times.

Are there Stegosaurus alive deep in the Cambodian jungle?

In recent times reports of living dinosaurs have surfaced from time to time. In the late 1970s a pair of scientists ventured deep into the
Congo after they learned of several 'credible' sightings of 'long-necked' dinosaurs that resembled Brachiosaurus, by local villagers. The
pair never found the creatures, but they did return with numerous reports of modern encounters from local tribes.

In the early 1980s a video clip surfaced that allegedly showed another 'long-necked' dinosaur in the Amazon river. Sceptics dismissed
the object in the video, concluding that it was just as a huge log that had floated to the surface of the water.
Are Dinosaurs Still Living Among
Us?

Written By: Ken Hulsey
Sources: i09 / Avery Guerra

Do dinosaurs still roam the Earth? Science tells
us no, but every once in a 'blue moon'
someone in a remote part of the globe reports
seeing one.

Well, a recent discovery in Cambodia may
indeed prove that prehistoric giant reptiles
roamed the area as recently as the "Middle
Ages."