Bioluminescence of Pterosaurs

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How do we know that modern pterosaurs, at least some of them, are bioluminescent? Some eyewitnesses see glowing “pterodactyls” or a large or giant flying object that shines where large or giant pterosaurs have been seen to fly. No biology textbook explains anything about pterosaur bioluminescence, at least not yet; but my associates and I believe the day will come when biology textbooks will include that subject. Future discoveries may reveal something about the biological chemistry involved, for it may differ from the bioluminescent of other organisms such as fireflies.

Let’s look at some resources on bioluminescent pterosaurs.

British Biologist Observes Strange Lights

Evelyn Cheesman, a British entomologist, long ago observed strange flying lights deep in the mainland of what is now the nation of Papua New Guinea; just south of that location, in 2006, Paul Nation, of Texas, observed similar lights (called by the local natives “indava”). When native eyewitnesses observe the indavas in daylight, they see large winged-creatures; one native described the size in terms of an airplane . . .

Ropen Bioluminescence

On Umboi Island (Morobe Province), the ropen has a 5-6-second bioluminescent glow that the natives see when the creature is about one hundred meters above the ground (although villagers sometimes see it over a reef).

Marfa Lights Explained

In various parts of the United States, strange flying lights have been observed. Also in various states, apparent living pterosaurs have been observed to fly overhead, very much nonextinct. Less well known, and rarely referred to by the major media (if at all), on occasion, an eyewitness will report a flying pterosaur that glows.

Marfa Lights and Glowing Pterosaurs

This introduces the findings of James Bunnell, regarding the earth’s magnetosphere and solar halos: There is no relationship between years of recordings of major solar eruptions and sightings of valid Marfa Lights.

Bunnell recognized that problem but still hoped that the elongated magnetosphere on the night side might still have some relationship to the only-nocturnal ML’s. We need to remember that Mr. Bunnell is a rocket scientist (literally); he is not a biologist. In addition, he probably has had little or no exposure to eyewitness reports of glowing pterosaurs living in North America and in other parts of the world . . .

Marfa Lights and Min Mins

Much of this may seem a off topic, glowing barn owls as “ghost lights,” but it makes clear the distinction between the flights of bioluminescent owls and ropen-like flying lights.

The dance patterns of Marfa Lights resemble no flock of hunting barn owls. No, our old friend Tyto Alba cannot compete here and it dare not try. But it has illuminated part of the answer to the puzzle. The predators of Southern Texas show greater intelligence than most birds and some of them may be larger than any owl. This cryptid may be related to the ropen of Papua New Guinea (another nocturnal glowing flyer). If so, it will make a story more extraordinary than any headless ghost. Eyewitnesses describe the ropen like a giant long-tailed pterosaur.

Video Footage of 2006 Indava Lights

Late in 2006, Paul Nation, of Texas, was exploring deep in the mainland of Papua New Guinea, around Tawa Village, searching for the indava, a nocturnal flying creature described in ways suggesting it was like the ropen. He had several sightings and videotaped two of the glowing objects before they flew away from the top of a nearby mountain ridge.

After Paul Nation’s return to the United States, I interviewed him in his home in Granbury, Texas. He gave me a digital copy of the video of the two indava lights, which I later sent to Cliff Paiva, a missile defense physicist. Paiva analyzed the video and found those lights to be extraordinary: not from meteors, airplane lights, camp fires, car headlights, etc. This cleared the way for bioluminescence as a plausible cause for those two lights.

A missile defense physicist analyzed the 2006 video footage of indava lights

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