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Talking About Pterosaurs... [Sep. 16th, 2011|03:59 pm]
Tony Grist
There are several photographs going the rounds showing characters from the Old West strutting their stuff with a dead one. This is the latest to appear.  It featured last month on Loren Colman's Cryptomundo site.  It's provenance is unknown.

I'm no expert on photo-fakery, but those guys look authentically 1900ish to me- as does the style of the image. The beast is believable- and seems to be in the early stages of decomposition (so not recently shot).

But there's something weird going on with the background.To the right we have what looks like a barn door. To the left there's a surface with rungs embedded in it that might be concrete or plaster were it not for the waviness of the bottom edge. And where exactly does the barn door end and the other surface begin? Then there are the slanting features behind the legs of the guys to the left. One commentator suggests they're disembodied deer's feet- and proof that what we've got here is a picture of a boring old hunting party that has been whizzed about in the computer. 

So almost certainly a fake... yes?

[User Picture]From: xiphias
2011-09-18 12:45 pm (UTC)
There are two different ways I can interpret your "is this a fake?" question.

The question, "Is this an actual photo of people posing with a pterosaur" can pretty much be dismissed. It's not.

However, if your question is, "Is this a modern photoshop, or is it a bunch of guys in the early 20th century who built themselves a fake pterosaur to pose with?" -- that's a more interesting question. There were some great fake cryptids built around that time, and people have always had fun with that sort of thing.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-09-18 02:06 pm (UTC)
I'm interested in the beast. It's a pretty good model (we'll assume it is a model) and it would be nice to know who made it and for what end. I'm inclined to think the picture itself is very recent- if for no other reason than that it has only just shown up. Its creator used what looks to me like a genuinely old photograph of a hunting party, but where did the pterosaur come from?
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