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KongamotoThe Kongamoto are pterodactyl like creatues said to inhabit the Congo, Africa.
"In Zambia and Zimbabwe, people are afraid of the flesh eating Kongamoto, a flying lizard with a great wingspan and a long beak filled with teeth, much like the long extinct pterodactyl". The etymology of Pterodactyl dates from 1830, from the french ptérodactyle (1821), from the Mod.L. genus name, from Gk. pteron "wing" + daktylos "finger".
Maybe of interest for further research "Daktyl" also refers to a member of a group of mythological beings who dwelt on Mount Ida (The tallest mountain on the island of Crete) and were metal workers and magicians. Pterosaurs were the first ever flying vertebrates (animals with backbone). This is symbolic of spiritual awakening.
I believe that these sightings could be the ancestral, (genetic or perhaps oversoul/group) memories of Pterodactyl projected onto either the ghosts of long dead Pterodactyl or onto the subtle forms of demonic or other spirits.
If the form of Pterodactyl is embedded in the ancestral memory of the local people it could be that in ancient times (pre-history) a form of Pterodactyl Worship was practiced. This page mentions a science fiction work "A Son of Noah" which includes "pterodactyl-worship on the part of a speciously advanced race".
I personally feel that it is unlikely that Pterodactyl as real biological organisms still exist on Earth as they would have been spotted by satellite or aeroplane pilots/passengers. Although it is possible that Pterodactyl, like bats, were nocturnal and thus would be more difficult to spot by by planes etc.
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To give you a visual feel (maybe!) for Kongamoto here is a home video of a radio controlled Pterodactyl. However Giant Pterodactyl the Pteranodon had a Wing-Spread much larger: some 6 Metres.