Live Pterosaur Blog
Lucy Evelyn Cheesman
Cheesman observed strange flying lights on the mainland of New Guinea, probably related to the ropen lights of Umboi Island. She was a British biologist (esp entomologist) who explored New Guinea in the early-to-mid twentieth century.
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Finschhafen Harbor PNG
A few miles inland from this harbor, in 1944 Duane Hodgkinson observed a huge "pterodactyl" with a tail "at least" ten or fifteen feet long. (photo by Jonathan Whitcomb, during the 2004 expedition)
In the USA and other countries, video surveillance systems need to be set up for capturing video of modern pterosaurs.
Science and Extinction
Mr. Brian Hennessy
Brian Hennessy, now a professional psychologist, probably observed a ropen (1971) when he was on Bougainville Island, New Guinea. There was no sign of any feathers on the long-tailed flying creature that had a "horn"-like structure on the back of its head.
Mr. Duane Hodgkinson
Duane Hodgkinson and his army buddy, in 1944, saw a huge flying creature in New Guinea. The "pterodactyl" had a winspan similar to that of a Piper Tri-Pacer airplane.
Compare the head silhouettes chosen by Hennessy (top) and Hodgkinson (bottom), for the flying creatures that the two eyewitnesses independently observed in New Guinea.
Flying creature in eastern Cuba
Flying creature with no feathers - a pterosaur
J. D. Whitcomb near Gomlongon Village, Umboi Island, PNG
Jonathan Whitcomb explored a small part of Umboi Island in 2004, searching for the ropen and eyewitnesses of that elusive flying creature.
flying fruit bat
The Flying Fox fruit bat is unlike the "pterodactyls" reported in Papua New Guinea: creatures with tails 10-23 feet long for big ones.