reply to post by Gemwolf
...Yeah. There is. Actually.
"The last of the pterodactyls- flying reptiles with leathery wings and long, toothy beaks- died about 100 million years ago, according to established
scientific opinion. But the experience of a number of startled French workmen, the last one died in the winter of 1856 in a partially completed
railway tunnel between the St.Dizier and Nancy lines.
In the half-light of the tunnel, something monstrous stumbled toward the out of a great boulder of Jurassic limestone they had just split open. It
fluttered its wings, croaked, and died at their feet.
The creature, whose wingspan was 10 feet 7 inches, had four legs joined by a membrane, like a bat. What should have been feet were long talons, and
the mouth was arrayed with sharp teeth. The skin was like black leather, thick and oily.
At the nearby town of Gray, the creature was immediately identified by a local student of paleontology as a pterodactyl. The rock stratum in which it
had been found was consistent with the period when pterodactyls lived, and the limestone boulder that had (page turn) imprisoned the winged reptile
for millions of years was found to contain a cavity in the form of an exact mold of the creature's body. (The Illustrated London News, February 9,
My book is "Mysteries of the Unexplained" Reader's Digest, 1982.
There is, on that page 45, a big box about Toads in Coal. I'm still looking through this book. There was a crypto section, but it didn't say much
about anything that flies except Mothman/Jersey Devil, with that weird sketch Jersey drawing.
There was no such picture in that book but I have some others I want to look through. I'll be refreshing the thread while I read.
[edit on 8/5/2009 by ravenshadow13]