The sky darkened quickly as a sound as loud as thunder rolled over the rocky badlands. The Indian braves jerked as they looked into the sky. In the sky, blocking the sun was a gigantic, winged creature; it was falling from the sky.
The Indian braves traveled for days, trying to find the bird that had fallen from the sky. However, when they reached the creature that had terrified them so many days ago, they just found the bones of the magnificent, flying reptile.
This very detailed account from the Sioux Indians was recorded before the English came to North America.
When the Indians finally got to observe the creature, which they called a “Thunderbird”, they discovered that this Thunderbird had the wingspan of four men standing on top of each other. It also had a large crest on its head, along with claws on its wings and feet with a very long beak protruding from its face.
These Indians had no idea what they were looking at and they were not the only ones to see this creature. Not are there only accounts of this creature in other Indian culture but humans today have observed this Thunderbird.
The clear description that the Indians give us of the Thunderbird fits perfectly with the bones that we have of pterosaurs (pterosaurs were flying reptiles). Pterosaurs could get very large (nearly eight men standing on top of each other) and they had long beaks.
Along with their other features pterosaurs had claws on their wings; many had large crests on the head and used claws on its feet to catch prey.
The Thunderbird was not only known by the Indians but is known to humans now and not just through accounts, but through fossilized pterosaurs.
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