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Ropen Sightings – Importance of Eyewitness Testimony

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reef area off the coast of Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea

How grateful I am for those who bravely step forward and report what they have encountered! Americans and other Westerners have a special challenge, for it’s difficult to say that you’ve seen a living pterosaur, whether you call it pterodactyl, ropen, dinosaur bird, or dragon. It’s difficult to report what you saw because it’s easy […]

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Ropen Bioluminescence or Coincidence?

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Mount Sual (Umboi Island), where the ropen light sometimes flies For years, I have advocated multiple species of pterosaurs living in various parts of the world. Even for glowing lights in Papua New Guinea, multiple species may be involved, even when only two mountain ranges separate them. But for now, let’s consider why one species seems […]

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Ropen Sighting by Cottingham

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An email interview in 2007 is hardly news now, but this account of a sighting of a possible pterosaur has not previously been covered on this blog. The Australian Steven Cottingham was the government’s Officer-In-Charge (Kiap) of Umboi and surrounding islands, and he lived on Umboi Island for one and a half years (natives call this island […]

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Cheesman Lights and Marfa Lights

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How are strange flying lights seen in New Guinea, in the 1930’s, related to strange flying lights seen recently near Marfa, Texas? Many of the CE-III Marfa Lights (so classified by the scientist James Bunnell) fly horizontally at low altitude; the lights observed by the British biologist Evelyn Cheesman, deep in the interior of the mainland […]

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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 […]

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Indava and ropen of Papua New Guinea

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Plate 22 in Cliff Paiva report

By the living-pterosaur author and expert Jonathan D. Whitcomb Since Paul Nation’s 2006 video recording of two lights on a ridge deep in the mainland of Papua New Guinea, cryptozoologists have a new name for the ropen: “indava.” It’s not that everything about the glowing indava is identical to ropen lights; indeed, the indava seems […]