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.
Another Australian Sees one
Bougainville Island sighting, 1971
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.
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
Quotations from the Book
Psychologist sees a large
“prehistoric” flying creature
“Indava” lights videotaped by
American Paul Nation, 2006
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