By Nathaniel Coleman (AKA J. D. Whitcomb)
First, although I love cryptozoology (otherwise you wouldn't be reading this), I am not closely related to the famous cryptozoologist
Loren Coleman, and we have no close ties regarding ropen (or demon flyer) investigations, nor in researching potential living pterosaurs.
I enjoyed the June 3rd, 2009, television episode of MonsterQuest; but I noticed some problems, casting doubt on
the validity of what the producers appeared to be attempting to prove to us. I know that some of those who were interviewed
on the show are creationists. In addition, they are avid promoters of the creationist perspective on the concept of living pterosaurs.
Why then was this carefully covered up by the producers?
And Duane Hodgkinson's account is well-known from web pages. He saw
what he described as a "pterodactyl" with a very long tail. In fact, he put it
at 10-15 feet long "at least." But the MonsterQuest
episode was about the idea that short-tailed pterosaurs are believed by some persons to fly in Papua New Guinea. They even had an
impressive short-tailed pterosaur in 3-D animation. The phrase "demon flyer" was used, but that comes from the word used on Umboi Island,
where natives call the glowing creature "ropen." Expeditions for many years have given us detailed descriptions from native eyewitness
testimonies: The ropen has a long tail.
But what were the producers trying to prove? Most of the interviews were
of a pterosaur-fossil
specialist who impressed me with his participation in exploring a remote tropical wilderness: He hoped to find something new.
did not impress me with his conviction that whatever he found, it
could not be a living pterosaur. He was already convinced it
was practically impossible. Apparently the producers had the same pre-planned idea.
Overall, the producers of this show seemed
to care little for objective research: They had no intention of allowing viewers to end up believing
that the reports of giant flying
creatures could be living pterosaurs.
of Papua New Guinea (nonfiction book)
Do "pterodactyl" reports
come from the Flying Fox