Old Photograph of Pteranodon Taken During Civil War: Facts


Old Photograph of Pteranodon Taken During Civil War
Old Photograph of Pteranodon Taken During Civil War

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Old Photograph of Pteranodon During Civil War

Other Versions

1. Civil War Pterodactyl Photo

2. Original Civil War Pterosaur Photograph

Facts Analysis:

An old photograph surfacing online quite often is said to show the extinct creature Pteranodon shot by a group of soldiers during Civil War posing around it. There’s been wide skepticism about authenticity of the picture, but as explained below, the photograph is real, although the object/creature seen in it is not known well.

About Pteranodon

Pteranodon is a genus of pterosaurs (not dinosaurs) that included some of the largest known flying reptiles, having wingspans over 6 meters (20 ft). The extinct species pterosaurs lived during the late Cretaceous geological period of North America.

Picture: Mounted composite cast of Pteranodon longiceps at the American Museum of Natural History, New York
Mounted composite cast of Pteranodon longiceps at the American Museum of Natural History, New York

Civil War Pterodactyl Photograph

The photograph in question shows a group of civil war soldiers posing before camera around what appears to be an enormous bird carcass (said to be pterodactyl) they apparently killed (or found). Authenticity of both the photograph and the creature (Pteranodon) was questioned by many people over the years.

Another Similar Photograph

To add more to the mystery of the photograph, there is a second photograph floating on internet space that is very similar – a group of soldiers again standing over a different ‘carcass’.

Another Similar Photograph of 'Pteranodon'
Another Similar Photograph of ‘Pteranodon’

Thunderbird

In case of both the photographs, some people suggested the creature could be a Thunderbird – mentioning some such sightings. Thunderbird is a term used in cryptozoology to describe large, bird-like creatures; generally identified as legendary creature of Native American tradition.

Facts about the Pteranodon Photographs

As mentioned in the Cryptomundo website cryptomundo.com, the second photograph in fact shows a Prop of Pteranodon and some guys dressed in Civil War costumes to enact and imitate the old photograph. It was Fox TV/Universal Studio prop used to promote a Television series called FreakyLinks that was produced by Haxan Films at the beginning of the 21st century. This staged photograph of Pteranodon discredited the original one.

Picture of Fox TV/Universal Studio Prop
Fox TV/Universal Studio Prop
Picture of Fox TV/Universal Studio Prop
Fox TV/Universal Studio Prop

The first, original photograph has been reportedly seen by some people from the middle of the 20th century; long before digital Photoshop/image processing was generally available. Extensive research on the apparent Pterosaur photograph, as reported on the website sfrfg.com, revealed that the 19th Century photograph is authentic one, and the animal/object seen is real. The apparent ‘Pteranodon’ is referred to as ‘modern pterosaur’ and the photograph as Ptp.

'Modern Pteranodon' Photographs
‘Modern Pteranodon’ Photographs

Hoax or Fact:

Mixture of Hoax and Facts.

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Old Photograph of Pteranodon Taken During Civil War: Facts