Pterosaurs – Flying Serpents

Do not rejoice, all you of Philistia, because the rod that struck you is broken; for out of the serpent’s roots will come forth a viper, and its offspring will be a fiery flying serpent.”  – Isaiah 14: 29  “…the burden against the beasts of the South. Through a land of trouble and anguish, from which came the lioness and lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches on the backs of young donkeys, and their treasures on the humps of camels, to a people who shall not profit,” – Isaiah 30: 6

Scripture refers to a “fiery flying serpent” in a few places

  • The description seems to match well what the fossil record reveals about pterosaurs


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There have been dozens of different types of pterosaur fossils found by palaeontologists over the years 1

  • Pterosaurs (from the Greek meaning “winged lizard”) ranged in size from that of a small bird to some that were the size of airplanes 2
  • Perhaps the most famous of these was the Pterodactyl
  • Incidentally, Pterodactyl and the rest of their Pterosaur cousins are technically not considered dinosaurs.  That term is used exclusively for a group of ancient reptiles that had a particular upright stance…and they did not fly. 3