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About Umboi Island in Papua New Guinea

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James (Jim) Blume interviewed this old native. The glowing ropen was trying to rob a human grave.

To some Americans and other Westerners, Umboi Island is known as the home of the ropen, reported to be a large long-tailed surviving pterosaur (Rhamphorhynchoid type), also called pterodactyl. Yet most Westerners have never heard of Umboi Island, even those who know that Papua New Guinea is an independent nation of islands between Australia and […]

Papua New Guinea

The Ropen as a Modern Rhamphorhynchoid

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Page 206 of "Reports of Living Pterosaurs in the Southwest Pacific"

What is a Rhamphorhynchoid, also called a basal pterosaur? A definition by a non-scientist could be “a long-tailed pterodactyl.” Why believe that the cryptid called ropen is a modern version of that kind of pterosaur? It’s not just the long tail on a reportedly featherless flying creature. Sighting reports of apparent “pterodactyls” often have a description of the end of […]

Papua New Guinea

Ropen Seen by Brian Hennessy

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Hennessy travels between China and Australia

Q & A with Jonathan Whitcomb Regarding the 1971 sighting on an island in eastern New Guinea Question #1: Did Brian Hennessy see a living pterosaur on Bougainville Island? Answer: Yes he did, probably a Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur, as best as we can tell, without actually having the animal captured and in our hands. Question #2: Was it […]

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Second Pterosaur Expedition of 2004

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Woetzel and a native and Guessman, on Umboi Island

Ten years ago David Woetzel and Garth Guessman climbed mountains and interviewed natives on Umboi Island (AKA Siasi) in Papua New Guinea. I pray that their expedition will not be forgotten, for how dramatic were their discoveries, notwithstanding the ropen of Umboi appearing unwilling to cooperate except through one or two brief glowing episodes. I […]

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Pterosaur Tail Vane or Flange

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flying creature roughly sketched by eyewitness Sandra Paradise

Rhamphorhynchoid Tail Structure Modern pterosaur eyewitnesses often report a structure at the end of the long tail of the flying creature, with different witnesses using different words for the structure: diamond (many sightings, including Michigan, 2007) lemon shape (Indiana, about 2006) sail (Texas, about 1982) spade (Kentucky, 2008 and North Carolina in 2013) spike (New Mexico, […]

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Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur in South Carolina

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The strange creature flew gracefully over the highway, right in front of the car Susan Wooten was driving to Florence, South Carolina. Other drivers stopped their cars on the side of the road (in the general area of Bishopville) but Susan drove on, for she was following a friend and did not want to be separated from […]

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Boy sees pterosaur in Texas

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I interviewed Aaron Tullock by email in January of this year. I delayed publishing his account until I had established a firm credibility base for this eyewitness, for part of his description of the apparent pterosaur differs from other accounts: The long-tailed flying creature was mostly colored orange and black. Late in the afternoon of […]

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Marfa Lights of Texas

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I recently interviewed a man who observed several strange lights near Marfa, Texas. Driving across the country, two days earlier, Mr. Greene decided to stop at the Marfa observation station, having previously read of the strange lights. He watched the sky for hours, grateful that the flying lights were active that night. [details became available in late 2010, […]

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Strange Rhamphorhynchoid

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Perosaur Sketch by Eskin Kuhn

The dominance of long tails and head crests has caused skeptics to insinuate that hoaxers are creating a hodge-podge of pterosaur characteristics, taking attributes from different types of pterosaurs and constructing a hoax thereby. Those skeptics, however, fail to carefully examine the hoax hypothesis, for there are numerous problems with the idea that hoaxes played […]