Do Pterodactyls Fly

in a 21st Century Sky?

In the book Searching for Ropens, the author declares that ancient-pterosaur- extinction ideas are ill-founded, in other words, the idea that all species of pterosaurs are long gone is only an assumption. The book gives many examples: eyewitnesses of apparent living pterosaurs.


A brief internet search reveals many web pages about the “ropen” of Umboi Island: the creature that glows at night and, in the daylight, looks like a giant pterodactyl.


There are similar accounts of sightings in other areas, especially on the main-land of Papua New Guinea. The natives in various areas have different names for what investigators declare is one species (or possibly two species) of Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur.


A common mistake in reacting to these reports relates to what are classified as Mesozoic strata. Some people think that the absence of pterosaur fossils in strata  that  are  “younger”  than  Mesozoic  strata  indicates  that pterosaurs lived no later than about 65 million years ago. The problem with that  approach  is  that  a  significant factor in dating strata is in determining what kinds of fossils it contains. When it contains a pterosaur fossil, it is normally dated as Mesozoic. The foundation of this approach is the assumption that pterosaurs lived millions of years ago. This means that these standard models cannot be used as if evidence against the idea that pterosaurs are living in the 21st Century. They could live now.


Before dismissing these accounts of living pterosaurs as rumors or just superstitious legends, why not learn the details first?

Early Expeditions to Papua New Guinea (especially Umboi Island)


Paul Nation and Carl Baugh, both from Texas, explored Umboi Island (and other places in Papua New Guinea) in the 1990’s.


Whitcomb Expedition of 2004


The author of the book covers the basics of his exploration  of  south-central  Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea.


Brief overview of Creation vs. Evolution (& living-pterosaur ideas)


Reports of pterodactyls in New Guinea, in particular during World War II, cannot now be relegated to misidentifications of Flying Fox fruit bats. The “pterodactyls” are much too different in the descriptions.


Australian Sighting over Perth


In December of 1997, a married couple were taking a stroll when they saw a giant pterosaur-like creature gliding overhead.


Papua New Guinea,

Islands of Mystery


Another Australian Sees one


Bougainville Island sighting, 1971


More on Papua New Guinea


Baptist Minister is an Eyewitness


Pastor Jacob Kepas saw a “seklo-bali on

he mainland of Papua New Guinea.


Lake Pung Sighting of 1994


Seven boys were terrified when the ropen flew over this crater lake on Umboi Island.


Introduction to Papua New Guinea,

including a little on the languages


Missionary Jim Blume (Sighting)


Glowing form may have been a ropen.


Bioluminescence and the Ropen


Book: Searching for Ropens


Overview of the book


Why People Believe in Pterosaur Extinction millions of years ago


South Carolina

Pterosaur Sighting


Quotations from the Book

Searching for Ropens


Psychologist sees a large

“prehistoric” flying creature


Indava” lights videotaped by

American Paul Nation, 2006


More Links Related to Living

Pterodactyls (Pterosaurs)



Duane Hodgkinson, of Montana, maintains that he saw a giant “pterodactyl,” in 1944, on the mainland of what is now called “Papua New Guinea.” Compare Hodgkinson’s sighting to Hennessy’s.