Read what the eyewitnesses say about sightings of living pterosaurs in America. This is by Jonathan Whitcomb, the author of the
nonfiction book "Searching for Ropens."
Objections to "Live Pterosaurs"
Surprisingly, those who object to the possibility that pterosaurs still live among us (albeit rare nocturnal species rarely seen by
us) may do so because of the fear of ridicule or the pleasure of ridiculing. Nobody seems to dispute that most of those who have traveled
to Papua New Guinea to search for ropens have later been mocked by critics. But other critics, like Glen Kuban, seem to be protecting
long-held beliefs about geology, in particular Geologic-Column dating ideology. (The explorers have been mostly creationists.)
An African fruit bat with a wingspan of more than five feet has returned from the brink
Jonathan Whitcomb, a U.S. forensic videographer who
interviewed native islanders in 2004, reported that the “ropen” of Umboi Island is at least similar to a long-tailed pterosaur.
be the cause of reports of living pterosaurs in the U.S.A.
Three separate factors were found to eliminate a hoax-explanation as a viable
overall explanation for the eyewitness accounts: obvious living pterosaurs in the United States of America. (July-2009 press
Sketch chosen by Mr. Duane Hodgkinson, for the head of the creature he saw in New Guinea in 1944 (Finschhafen)
Sketch chosen by Mr. Brian Hennessy (sighting in 1971)
Duane Hodgkinson described the tail of the creature that he saw: "at least ten to fifteen feet" long--obviously not a Flying
Fox fruit bat.
And many others have described a long tail, so why label it a bat?
Brian Hennessy is not a superstitious native who only thinks that he saw a large flying creature with "not a feather in sight."
With a "longish narrow tail," the creature was not
a fruit bat. And Hennessy is not crazy; he works at a university: a psychologist.
The Ropen of Papua New Guinea--Much More Likely a Modern Living Pterosaur Than a Flying Fox Bat
This crude sketch of a ropen hardly tells us about the amazing non-bat characteristic of this long-tailed flying creature: It glows
brightly as it flies at night.
Many species of Flying Fox fruit bat live in the countries that surround Papua New Guinea: Australia and Indonesia, and
those further west: Malaysia and India. But none of the big bats have the amazing pterosaur-like characteristics of the
ropen: long head crest and Rhamphorhynchoid-like long tail. In addition, at least one species of ropen has a mouth "like a crocodile"
Many other characteristics distinguish the ropen from bats. The giant creatures that appear like Rhamphorhynchoids do
not seem to hold themselves upside-down; some natives on Umboi Island described a ropen holding itself upright on a tree trunk. And
ropens glow brightly at night with what at least some investigators believe is intrinsic bioluminescence.
If that were not enough,
they have also been reported to take clams off the reefs and carry them inland for feeding.