Here’s an interesting account, which indicates that a few pterosaurs may have survived in China into relatively recent times. At the end of the 19th century, a Russian Orthodox saint named Saint Barsanuphius was stationed in Manchuria to pastor the Russian soldiers during the Russian-Japanese War [Feb 10, 1904 - Sept 5, 1905] From there he wrote in his journal:
“I happened to hear from soldiers that stand at the posts at the Hantanza station, forty miles from Mullin, that two years ago they often saw an enormous winged dragon creep out from one of the mountain caves. It terrified them, and would again conceal itself in the depths of the cave. They have not seen it since that time, but this proves that the tales of the Chinese and Japanese about the existence of dragons are not all fantasies or fables, although the learned European naturalists, and ours along with them, deny the existence of these monsters. But after all anything can be denied, simply because it does not measure up to our understanding.”1
Many would agree with Barsanuphius that the numerous stories from Asia regarding dragons must have a basis in reality. One plausible explanation is that a few dinosaurs and pterosaurs did survive until recently in the vast regions of the continent. Perhaps, maybe a few still linger.
- H. Damascene Ancient Chinese History in the Light of The Book of Genesis: http://www.orthodox.cn/localchurch/200406ancientcnhist_en.htm