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Living Pterosaurs

Throughout human history there have been reports of dragons and flying serpents. Most cultures mythology contain Dragons. Some of these descriptions seem to resemble extinct pterosaurs from the Mezoic era. 

Pterosaurs were an order of reptiles that lived, and died out with the dinosaurs at the end of the Mezoic era. They were the first true flying vertebrates. Their wings were composed of a membrane of skin that stretched from the side of the body, along the arm, out to the tip of an enormously elongated fourth finger, and then back to the ankle.

Computer analysis of some pterosaur fossils suggest that they were slow gliders capable of making very tight airborne turns. A large Pteranodon, with a wingspan of 30 feet could turn, in mid-flight, in a circle only 34 feet in diameter. The largest known Pterosaur (also the largest known flying animal of all time), the Quetzalcoatlus, had a wingspan of 50 feet (larger than that of many small planes)

and weighed about 190 pounds. Unlike many of the other Pterosaurs Quetzalcoatlus lived inland and probably had a vulture-like existence. It's long neck would have helped it to "probe" dinosaur carcasses for meat.

In modern times there were reports of flocks of pterodactyls in England just a few centuries ago, sightings in Texas in 1976, Australia and in recent years there have been many sightings in parts of  Papua  New Guinea.  The creatures are described as featherless, with wings  like a bat’s, with “hands” half-way up the wings.  The bill is like that of a pelican but there is a comb at the back of the head, like the comb of a rooster “only stiffer.”

Much of the research done from about 1994 till 2005 has involved the Ropen of Papua New Guinea. This has involved a number of westerners including Jonathan Whitcomb who has written a book  "Searching for Ropens." The book chonicles his journey to Umboi Island, documents witness testimony and includes a lot of strange, creationist speculation. I was left with the feeling we live on a flat earth!

Read our section on the Ropen  to learn more

There are reports of pterosaur like creatures are seen elswhere in PNG. On the mainland they are sometimes called the Indava nd a colony of “indavas” was discovered and observed by Paul Nation, an American in November of 2006. He shot 14 seconds of video of two “ropen-lights” that the locals call “indava.” Elswhere on the mainland the are known as

 The Fire of the Dragon

Over 90% of ropen sightings on Umboi Island are from a distance at night. Why? It has a five-second bioluminescent glow that is usually seen when the creature is about one hundred meters over land. In 2004, Jonah Jim was interviewed twice: by Whitcomb and, a few weeks later, by Guessman and Woetzel. He was with his family one night when they saw the creature flying toward Lake Pung. The importance of Jonah Jim’s testimony is that it ties in the glowing form to the pterosaur-like form. He saw it glowing and he saw its long tail.

 
December, 1997: Sighting from Perth Australia

“We had been walking in the evening and had just crested a hill and were on the down slope along a major thoroughfare. In the distance I perceived an object in the sky. At this point it was rather indistinct and wondering what it might be I watched it as it approached. Soon I was able to determine that it was some sort of flying creature, and my first thought was that it must be some very large bird. . . it’s progress had brought it closer and while it’s shape did resemble a bird I thought by now that from it’s apparent distance it must be the largest bird I had ever witnessed. I would estimate that at this time it was about a quarter mile north of us and quite high. . . Within a minute or so it had reached our position and was about 250 or 300 feet above us and slightly inland. The area was moderately well lit and I saw that it seemed to be a light reddish-tan color. It did not appear to be covered with feathers but had a leathery texture. Soon after it passed us it flew over a more brightly lit sports area which highlighted even more the leathery appearance also bringing more detail to view. The wings were the most definite leathery feature, they were shaped in a triangular arch, similar to a very elongated shark fin, The body also still appeared leathery, though textured as though possibly covered with fine hair or small scales, the distance preventing any finer observation other than that it was slightly different texture than the wings. . . The creature, during the time we observed it was mostly gliding, there was some wing movement as in a hawk or other bird controlling it’s flight path, but did not flap as a sparrow or other small bird. Whether the creature was predominately a glider, or simply taking advantage or the many air currents near the ocean to rest in flight I also do not know. . . estimated the size to be in excess of thirty foot, possibly as great as fifty foot. My eyes told me it was nearer the greater of these, my rational mind wants me to believe the lesser, since either of these is astounding for a flying creature . . .”
 
“I have received many different types of responses since first coming forward and making our sighting public. I have been met with skepticism, to being called an downright liar. At first I was very upset about being called a liar, having been brought up in a family of law and telling the truth was drummed into me from the time I could understand, as a child, and I was simply telling the truth about our sighting. I no longer concern myself with people who call me a liar over this, because I realize that you cannot show a blind man an oil painting.
 
“ . . . we do know that it was definitely a living creature. . . . I was so totally shocked, amazed, awed and bewildered at the same time. This was com-pletely out of the reality I had grown up to know. . . . it has changed me. I never believed these things existed until that night.
 
“ . . . in Perth, Western Australia on the coastline around 10:30 pm. We were walking along Marmion Avenue between the suburbs of Heathridge and Ocean Reef. This creature could not be written off as a bird as it was
bigger than any bird on the planet, it did not flap it's wings (just glided on the air current), it had a ruddy reddish brown leathery skin; (we could see it's underneath as it flew over us at about 300ft up; the glow from all the
ground lighting made that possible), it had a long tail and a wingspan that we estimated at between 30-50 feet across. “My husband and I both have talked about what we saw many times since that night in 1997. . . It had a lizard appearance, and was a ruddy reddish brown colour,  bearing in mind  that all we could see was its dark shape until the ground lighting hit it,  it was only for maybe between 5 to 10 seconds . . . but enough time for us to see it was a living creature. I should imagine a creature that size would have had legs and feet, but we didn't see them. It was gliding across the night sky, flying quite low, without a sound
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