Modern Living Pterodactyls
Objective Evaluation of Eyewitness Reports
Although "pterosaur" is the correct scientific name, the common word "pterodactyl" is used here
Guessman and Hodgkinson
Patty Carson (Cuba sighting)
Ropen flew overhead
Eskin Kuhn (U.S. Marine)
Clear Thinking in Science
Pterosaur sketch by eyewitness Eskin C. Kuhn
Live Pterosaurs in America
Missionary James Blume
What do clear-thinking persons think of a news release about
living pterodactyls? An American World War II veteran says
that he saw a live “pterodactyl” in New Guinea in 1944. Does
he mean the pterosaur that is said to have become extinct
millions of years ago? A modern pterodactyl in 1944 seems to
contradict many educational science programs in the United
States. How can those flying creatures be still living?
Press Release on Live Pterodactyls
If this press release referred to an isolated account, we might
dismiss the veteran’s report, but natives on the island of
Umboi (in Papua New Guinea) have reported the same thing:
the long-tailed bat-like “ropen” eats fish. This is just north of
Finschhafen, where the American veteran saw a giant
pterodactyl that had a tail “at least ten to fifteen feet long.”
Clear scientific thinking requires us to investigate sightings like
this, not simply dismiss the report.
Are Pterodactyls Extinct?
According to one news report, short-tailed featherless
creatures fly over a valley, in daylight, deep in the interior of
New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea. This is a different kind
of pterosaur than was seen by the American World War II
veteran Duane Hodgkinson, in 1944.
Umboi Island Expedition
Of the two expeditions on Umboi Island in 2004, the first one
was led by the American cryptozoologist Jonathan Whitcomb.
He later wrote a scientific paper on apparent living pterosaurs
in Papua New Guinea. The report was published in a peer-
reviewed journal of science.
Ropen of Umboi Island
Natives of Siasi (Umboi) Island, in Morobe Province, have no
need to doubt the existence of the nocturnal ropen. It flies all
around the island at night, glowing brightly for a few seconds
at a time. It feeds on the reefs that surround Umboi.
The ropen investigator, Jonathan Whitcomb (author of the
nonfiction book “Searching for Ropens”), is hardly alone
believing that modern pterodactyls live in Papua New Guinea:
a missionary, Jim Blume, has also interviewed natives who
say that they have seen this pterosaur-like creature, and two
other Americans have also interviewed Umboi Island natives
in recent years; in the 1990’s other Americans did the same,
and the investigations are ongoing. Eyewitness reports
continue into the 21st Century.
Creation and Evolution
Another news release gives additional information: This is
about creation and evolution. Those who’ve gone to this
remote island, “searching for ropens,” are creationists
(Creation account in Genesis) who believe in using literal
interpretations of the Bible as the foundation for their beliefs
(rather than using the assumption that everything was a big
accident). But there’s more: They maintain that objective
scientific investigations validate their idea that pterosaurs are
still living, and that dogmatic adherence to the General Theory
of Evolution (according to the living-pterosaur investigator
Jonathan Whitcomb) is, at times, a major hindrance to
In other words, these creationists are asking Western
societies to take an objective look at extinction ideas, for
eyewitnesses come from different countries, speak different
languages, and adhere to different beliefs about science,
religion, and Darwin's ideas about evolution.
Can Bible Believers be Objective?
How can Bible-believing creationists be objective? Did not the
trial of Galileo prove that religion is antagonistic to science?
No, the truth is that the causes of the trial of Galileo were
more complex. Indeed, he not only believed in God, he
believed that Bible scriptures, correctly understood, must
correspond to the results of carefully conducted experiments.
Just as objective thinking was possible with the Christians
Galileo and Newton, it is possible with modern Bible-believing
That is not to say, of course, that everything creationists hold
as true is correct or that everything that evolutionists hold as
true is incorrect. When two human philosophies conflict, we
should expect each side to have a combination of correct and
erroneous ideas. But believing that the Bible generally
contains valid historical passages, including Genesis, does not
mean that believers must be less objective than non-believers
in general, regarding scientific interpretations.
Regardless of what people think about living pterodactyls,
regardless of what people think about creation and evolution,
the enthusiasm of these few Americans, searching jungles for
living pterosaurs, deserves attention. And what if they’re right?
Wouldn’t modern living pterodactyls be good news in a world
sorely needing good news about life?
More About Modern Living Pterosaurs
An American sees a Giant Living Pterodactyl
“After he and his buddy walked into a clearing, they were
amazed as a large creature flew up into the air. The men soon
realized that it was no bird that started to circle the clearing.”
“Duah,” Duwas, and Ropen
This is a misunderstanding, unfortunately, regarding the name
that has been going around on the internet: “duah.” The
correct word is surely “duwas.”
What is a Ropen?
Details about this flying creature that is believed to be a
modern living pterosaur.
Ropen Flies Over Lake Pung
Nocturnal flying creature disturbed in daytime in 1994
Reports of Living Pterosaurs
“ . . . a strange light that came to the grave . . . where the body
of a man was buried . . .”
El "ropen" es un cryptid de Papúa Nueva Guinea. Algunos
investigadores creen que es un pterosauro que vive.
"Ropen" de Papúa la Nouvelle-Guinée
“En 2004, j'ai voyagé dans Nouvelle Guinée Papua. Moi et
mon interprète a voyagé en bateau; Nous sommes arrivés à
Giant Fruit Bats (Papua New Guinea)
“Recent investigations on Umboi Island, however, bring to light
an astonishing possibility: The creature called “ropen” does
not hang upside down from a branch but holds itself upright on
Ropen Over Indonesia
“A Britten-Norman Islander (airplane) nearly collided with what
both the pilot and the co-pilot soon afterwards called a
Nocturnal Pterosaurs Alive
“Whitcomb questioned many of the eyewitnesses about how
certain they were about the absence of feathers. . . . 'probably'
outnumbered 'definitely' by about two-to-one: far more
indicative of live pterosaurs than hoaxes.”
General Theory of Evolution
Woetzel & Guessman on Umboi Island
Copyright 2006, 2012 Jonathan David Whitcomb
Religious beliefs of Sir Isaac Newton
An Objective Look at Galileo
Jonathan Whitcomb (for news media)
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