Dinosaur birds, by any other name

Pterosaurs have been called “dinosaur birds” by some Americans, although “pterodactyl” is also common. From what we have learned from many fossils, those flying creatures used to be common. Not any more. But according to certain eyewitnesses, they are not extinct. According to certain cryptozoologists, they are alive but uncommon.

But the “dinosaur bird” (if that’s what you want to call it) is no bat, for the body form of both Rhamphorhynchoids and Pterodactyloids differs greatly from that of bats. And neither a bat nor a pterosaur is much like a bird.

According to Susan Wooten (of South Carolina) and Aaron Tullock (of Texas) and Eskin Kuhn (of Ohio) pterosaurs are very much alive. Those three eyewitesses have given out their names after being interviewed by the same cryptozoologist: Jonathan Whitcomb (of California). And not one of those three witnesses are dishonest or insane or even mistaken in their interpretations, according to Whitcomb.

Dinosaur birds, by whatever name, are becoming known as “ropens” by cryptozoologists, and this creature has now become an established cryptid, even though it is not yet acknowledged or classified by most biologists.

Eskin Kuhn, pterosaur eyewitness

large pterosaur witnessed in Guantanamo Bay, CubaIt has been nearly thirty-nine years since Eskin Kuhn observed those two strange flying creatures in Cuba. As a member of the United States Marine Corps, he was stationed at Guantanamo, with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Regiment (reinforced), H&S Co., 106mm recoiless rifle platoon. Early this year he was interviewed and passed the credibility test, verifying his experience.

The two creatures were very unlike any bird, for they had no feathers. They could have been strange bats except that the heads were completely wrong and they had long tails. Their flight, the flapping of their wings, was described as graceful. For more detail, see these blogs:

Are Reports of Living Pterosaurs Anecdotes? (regarding the Eskin Kuhn sighting)

. . . the writer used the name of a real person and wrote “The claim is a hoax,” without any explanation . . . The eyewitness himself replied to the blog, with no uncertain disdain for the one who tied his name to the word “hoax.” . . . . The critic tried to step away from his previous stand about a hoax. How? By trying to shove onto the shoulders of the Marine the responsibility of making one of the most dramatic scientific discoveries in the history of biology: Obtain the body of a modern pterosaur and prove its authenticity to the world.

Modern Pterosaur blog (“Sighting in Cuba, 1971”)

I saw two pterosaurs . . . flying together at low altitude, perhaps 100 feet, very close . . . I had a perfectly clear view . . . The rhythm of their large wings was very graceful, slow . . . The pterosaurs I saw had the short hind legs attached to the rearward-most part of the wing, and they had a long tail trailing behind with a tuft of hair at the end. . . . The head [had] a long crest at the back . . . their wingspan [was] roughly 10 feet.

Eskin Kuhn's pterosaur, another sketch by himMr. Kuhn drew sketches of the two pterosaurs soon after the sighting had taken place. Thanks to his thoughtfulness, we now have two detailed images of what he saw (he is obviously a talented artist).

Paul Nation, the most active LP explorer

No other American cryptozoologist has gone on more expeditions to Papua New Guinea, to search for living pterosaurs, than Paul Nation. He was part of one of the first ropen expeditions to Umboi Island, in the 1990’s, returning to Umboi in 2002, with his son, Nathanael. In 2003, he mailed many eyewitness videos to Jonathan Whitcomb, who became so excited that he, too, explored Umboi Island and eventually wrote nonfiction books about living pterosaurs.

Paul Nation, explorer and cryptozoologistIn 2006, Paul Nation and Jacob Kepas explored a remote mountainous region deep in the mainland of Papua New Guinea. In this historic expedition, Paul recorded the first video evidence (of living pterosaurs) to be taken back to the United States. Soon after returning from Papua New Guinea, Paul was interviewed in his home in Texas. Digital copies of the historic video footage were taken, by Whitcomb, back to California, where the missile defense physicist Clifford Paiva analyzed it. The images of two glowing objects were not clear direct evidence for living pterosaurs, but many common explanations were eliminated for what caused the two lights. In 2007, another expedition team recorded similar video footage of a mysterious flying light.

Early in 2007, Paul returned to the same mountainous area of Papua New Guinea. The weather was bad, and Paul obtained no more video evidence, but he was able to verify the differences between distant car headlights (capable of causing misidentification) and real “indava lights.” This proved his objectiveness in searching for the truth, although there had never been any doubt about the video recordings of the 2006 expedition: They were found by computer analysis to be impossible to have been produced by car headlights; in addition, the location of the two lights was on a ridge where there are no roads and no possible automobiles.

See Pterosaurs Alive and Indava and Ropen of Papua New Guinea

Garth Guessman, another active cryptozoologist

Garth Guessman on Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea, in 2004Literally and figuratively following in the footsteps of his friend David Woetzel, Garth Guessman, of California, has searched for creatures that Western science declares extinct. After these two Americans had consulted with the missionary Jim Blume, on the mainland of Papua New Guinea in 2004, they took a small plane to Umboi Island, home of the ropen. With detailed survey forms, they interviewed natives.

The two cryptozoologists learned, from villagers on the northern coast of Umboi, that the tail of the ropen moves only at the base, where it connects to the body. This greatly strengthened their case that the ropen is a Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur, for fossils show that this is how the tail of long-tailed pterosaurs should move.

They also found huge clam shells on the beach; they were told, by natives, that the ropen carrys the giant clams up into the island interior to feed. This appeared to relate to the name of the creature in one area of the mainland of Papua New Guinea: seklo-bali (he who carrys his bed around with him), for a giant clam, from a distance, might appear (to a native) like a bed.

Guessman has since become a leader in living-pterosaur investigations, returning to Papua New Guinea in 2009, with the Monsterquest (television production) team. In recent years, he has had many sightings of what may be creatures related to the ropen, for they seem to glow with a bioluminescence, making the nocturnal creatures visible from a distance, at night.


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