Scott T. Norman (Born::1964-Died::2008), cryptozoologist, traveled to South America and Africa to search for cryptids (mystery animals or possible animals). He was a member of the 2001-Cameroon expedition that was led by William Gibbons. That expedition in Africa was for learning about the Mokele-Mbembe, a cryptid that has been described like a sauropod dinosaur. They failed to observe any Mokele-Mbembe but did interview eyewitnesses who identified the Mokele-Mbembe with sketches of brachiosaur and diplodocus dinosaurs.
In 2007, Norman was part of a team searching the night sky for a ropen or ropen-like cryptid on the West Coast (secret location) of the United States. In his own words:
|| I stayed up ... between 1:30-2:30 AM, ... I was sitting in a chair ... towards the shed looking up ... when this animal came gliding just over the shed and into the field ... had an 8-10 foot wing span, the wings were bat-like in shape ... The body was about 5-6 feet in length, the neck about 1-2 feet in length, the head was about four feet in length, and the head was key for me: it has a crest that was about 2 feet in length, fit that of a pteranodon ... The animal I saw was stockier compared to some of the drawings of pterosaurs I've seen. ... The animal was only 20 feet from me, our contact told us his shed is 18 ft high, and the animal was about two feet above that and probably it was a little closer as it flew by me and down into the pasture.
According to Jonathan Whitcomb, author of Searching for Ropens, Scott Norman may be the first American cryptozoologist to see the form of a living pterosaur-like cryptid during a search for one. Other team members (2007 West Coast expedition) later had sightings of what they believe were the same kind of creature, but those sightings were mostly from a longer distance away or were less clear to their view.