© 2015  Jonathan David Whitcomb
Ropen-Pterosaur
Introduction to an Apparent Modern Pterosaur The ropen is a long-tailed flying cryptid described as pterosaur-like and reported by eyewitnesses around the world, especially in North America and in the southwest Pacific (including Australia). The word “ropen” comes from Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea, where in the local language of Kovai it refers to a large nocturnal flying creature that briefly, on occasion on some nights, glows brightly. Not all eyewitnesses report a sighting with the word “ropen.” Some use the word “pterodactyl,” especially if the encounter was in North America. A few eyewitnesses use the phrase “flying dinosaur.” Many of the American explorers who have searched for the animal in Papua New Guinea, and interviewed natives there, believe the ropen is a bioluminescent Rhamphorhynchoid  pterosaur. These American cryptozoologists have been bolstered by additional reports from Western eyewitnesses. If even just a small portion of the accounts are valid, meaning this long-tailed featherless creature is what it appears to be, it would seem to invalidate a long- held assumption in Western societies: that all species of pterosaurs became extinct many millions of years ago. Eyewitnesses often give size estimates that suggest the animal can grow to be much larger than particular deceased specimens known to paleontologists from Rhamphorhynchoid  fossils. Some reports suggest a small number of ropens may grow to achieve wingspans as great as 25-50 feet. From the overall eyewitness reports from around the world, however, the average size is apparently much smaller. Other Names in Papua New Guinea “Ropen” is just one name used in one language. Other native languages in Papua New Guinea appear to have different names for the same general kind of nocturnal flying creature.  Indeed, at least some of these names may refer to the same species of large bioluminescent flying creature. Indava - Tawa Village, deep in the mainland of Papua New Guinea (7), (9), (10), (11) Kor - islands north of Umboi, possibly including Manus Island (7), (11) Duwas - on or around Umboi (but not the ''kovai'' language) (11) seklo-bali - around Wau, Morobe Province (10), (11) wawanar - on or around Pilio Island, off the coast of New Britain Island (11) Primary Sources of Information Publications (1) Big Bird, nonfiction book by Ken Gerhard (2007) (2) Bird From Hell, second edition, nonfiction book by Gerald McIsaac (2011) (3) Chronicles of Dinosauria, nonfiction book by David Woetzel (2013) (4) “The Fiery Flying Serpent”, scientific paper; Creation Research Society Quarterly, Volume 42, March of 2006 (5) Hunting Marfa Lights, nonfiction book by James Bunnell (2009) (6) Live Pterosaurs in America, third edition, nonfiction book by Jonathan David Whitcomb (2011) (7) Live Pterosaurs in Australia and in Papua New Guinea, nonfiction book (pdf, online) by Jonathan David Whitcomb (2012) (8) The Min Min Light, nonfiction book by Fred Silcock (2003) (9) “Results of Investigations Concerning Pterosaur Sightings in Papua New Guinea”, scientific paper by Clifford A. Paiva & Harold S. Slusher (10) “Reports of Living Pterosaurs in the Southwest Pacific”, scientific paper; Creation Research Society Quarterly, Volume 45, #3 (11) Searching for Ropens and Finding God, fourth edition, nonfiction book by Jonathan David Whitcomb (2014) Authors of the Above Bunnell, James - (5) Gerhard, Ken - (1) McIsaac, Gerald - (2) Paiva, Clifford - (9) Silcock, Fred - (8) Slusher, Harold - (9) Whitcomb, Jonathan - (6), (7), (10), (11) Woetzel, David - (3), (4) Kinds of Publications Books mostly about apparent modern pterosaurs: (1), (2), (6), (7), (11) Book with limited content on apparent modern pterosaurs: (3) Books on strange flying lights: (5), (8) Scientific papers on apparent modern pterosaurs: (4), (9), (10)
Several Americans have explored the jungles of Papua New Guinea, searching for the ropen and eyewitnesses of this flying pterosaur-like cryptid
An eyewitness sketched what he saw at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 1971
Two eyewitnesses chose this silhouette from among many images of birds, bats, and pterosaurs (from the second Umboi Island ropen expedition of 2004)
© 2015  Jonathan David Whitcomb
Ropen-Pterosaur
Introduction to an Apparent Modern Pterosaur The ropen is a long-tailed flying cryptid described as pterosaur-like and reported by eyewitnesses around the world, especially in North America and in the southwest Pacific (including Australia). The word “ropen” comes from Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea, where in the local language of Kovai it refers to a large nocturnal flying creature that briefly, on occasion on some nights, glows brightly. Not all eyewitnesses report a sighting with the word “ropen.” Some use the word “pterodactyl,” especially if the encounter was in North America. A few eyewitnesses use the phrase “flying dinosaur.” Many of the American explorers who have searched for the animal in Papua New Guinea, and interviewed natives there, believe the ropen is a bioluminescent Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur. These American cryptozoologists have been bolstered by additional reports from Western eyewitnesses. If even just a small portion of the accounts are valid, meaning this long-tailed featherless creature is what it appears to be, it would seem to invalidate a long-held assumption in Western societies: that all species of pterosaurs became extinct many millions of years ago. Eyewitnesses often give size estimates that suggest the animal can grow to be much larger than particular deceased specimens known to paleontologists from Rhamphorhynchoid fossils. Some reports suggest a small number of ropens may grow to achieve wingspans as great as 25-50 feet. From the overall eyewitness reports from around the world, however, the average size is apparently much smaller. Other Names in Papua New Guinea “Ropen” is just one name in one language. Other native languages in Papua New Guinea appear to have different names for the same general kind of nocturnal flying creature. Indeed, at least some of these names may refer to the same species of large bioluminescent flying creature: Indava - Tawa Village, deep in the mainland of Papua New Guinea (7), (9), (10), (11) Kor - islands north of Umboi, possibly including Manus Island (7), (11) Duwas - on or around Umboi (but not the ''kovai'' language) (11) seklo-bali - around Wau, Morobe Province (10), (11) wawanar - on or near Pilio Island, off coast of New Britain Island (11) Primary Sources of Information Publications (1) Big Bird, nonfiction book by Ken Gerhard (2007) (2) Bird From Hell, second edition, nonfiction book by       Gerald McIsaac (2011) (3) Chronicles of Dinosauria, nonfiction book by David Woetzel (2013) (4) “The Fiery Flying Serpent”, scientific paper; Creation Research        Society Quarterly, Volume 42, March of 2006 (5) Hunting Marfa Lights, nonfiction book by James Bunnell (2009) (6) Live Pterosaurs in America, third edition, nonfiction book by       Jonathan David Whitcomb (2011) (7) Live Pterosaurs in Australia and in Papua New Guinea, nonfiction       book (pdf, online) by Jonathan David Whitcomb (2012) (8) The Min Min Light, nonfiction book by Fred Silcock (2003) (9) “Results of Investigations Concerning Pterosaur Sightings in        Papua New Guinea”, scientific paper by Clifford A. Paiva        and Harold S. Slusher (10) “Reports of Living Pterosaurs in the Southwest Pacific”,         scientific paper; Creation Research Society Quarterly, Vol 45, #3 (11) Searching for Ropens and Finding God, fourth edition,        nonfiction book by Jonathan David Whitcomb (2014) Authors of the Above Bunnell, James - (5) Gerhard, Ken - (1) McIsaac, Gerald - (2) Paiva, Clifford - (9) Silcock, Fred - (8) Slusher, Harold - (9) Whitcomb, Jonathan - (6), (7), (10), (11) Woetzel, David - (3), (4) Kinds of Publications Books mostly about apparent modern pterosaurs: (1), (2), (6), (7), (11) Book with limited content on apparent modern pterosaurs: (3) Books on strange flying lights: (5), (8) Scientific papers on apparent modern pterosaurs: (4), (9), (10)