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Live Pterosaurs

Until about 2008, mention "living pterosaur" and the response would likely include "Papua New Guinea." The ropen (or indava or seklo-bali, or wawanar) was becoming a better-known cryptid by mid-2009, although not in the same league of popularity as Big Foot or Nessie.

Expeditions in the 1990's and early 21st Century were mostly led by creationist cryptozoologists. Two exceptions were "Destination Truth" (nothing to do with religious truth) of 2007 and MonsterQuest ("Flying Monsters") of 2009. Video footage of the bioluminescent glow of the large flying creatures was obtained by Paul Nation in late-2006 and by the Destination Truth team a few weeks later, in 2007. But nothing showed any form or features of the creatures that produced the light, only the flying glow.

Eyewitnesses are a different matter. On Umboi Island (Siassi to the natives of Papua New Guinea), the ropen, on rare occasions when it has been seen clearly, is a giant featherless creature with a long tail.

But not all pterosaur-like creatures in Papua New Guinea have long tails like Rhamphorhynchoids. The "New Britain Creature" is more like a Pteranodon, with little or no tail. Unlike the ropen, it flies in daylight.

Nathaniel Coleman
Cryptozoology book about pterosaurs
Summary and Contents of the nonfiction book
by Jonathan D. Whitcomb (published July, 2009)
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