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 Jonathan Whitcomb Paul Nation 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 scientific progress. 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 creation scientists. 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  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 l'Île d'Umboi.” 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 tree trunks.” Ropen Over Indonesia  “A Britten-Norman Islander (airplane) nearly collided with what both the pilot and the co-pilot soon afterwards called a "pterodactyl." 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 Misc. 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