posted on Aug, 7 2009 @ 09:19 AM
I know the photo was in a book called “Mysteries of the Unexplained”. It was on page 45. I was given this book as a gift in the 1980’s when I
was in Highschool. I studied this book, showed it to every one I knew and talked about it all the time! When I met my husband, and started telling him
about Fortean Phenom. I showed this book, and the photo of the Thunderbird nailed to an out building/small barn wall.
Kim is mistaken. I have the actual book published in 1982 by Reader's Digest & edited by Carroll C. Calkins. It discusses this incident, but there is
no picture. The source is from The Illustrated London News, Feb. 9th, 1856, p.166. I'm still searching for this original source.
'... in the experience of a number os startled French workmen, the last one died in the winter of 1856 in a partially completed railway tunnel
between the St. Dozier & Nancy lines.
In the half-light of the tunnel, something monstrous stumbled toward them out of a great boulder of Jurassic limestone they had just split open.
It fluttered its wings, croaked, & died at their feet.
The creature, whose wingspan was 10ft. 7in., had four legs joined by a membrane, like a bat. What should have been feet were long talons, & the
mouth was arrayed with sharp teeth. The skin was like a black leather, thick & oily.
At the 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, & the limestone boulder that had 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, 1856,
Too bad it doesn't tell us where the limestone was taken & by whom. I wish to find the original article which may contain the names of those
[edit on 7-8-2009 by Afterthought]