New Britain Creature:

A Pterodactyloid Candidate

Late in 2006, Garth Guessman, a living-pterosaur investigator, interviewed three Americans who had worked in or visited a medical mission in Central New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea. The three  had separate sightings  of what may be Pterodactyloids.

According to the second edition of the book Searching for Ropens, the ten sightings, of pterodactyl-like creatures flying over the island of New Britain, were from April of 1989 through 1991. None of the three American eyewitnesses saw anything like a tail. This, along with other things, indicates that the New Britain creature is quite different from the ropen of nearby Umboi Island. (notwithstanding both creatures are described like pterosaurs)


The New Britain creatures are seen in the daylight and often fly two or three at a time, even in single file. They are said to glide without any wing flapping, at about 20-30 miles per hour, although one eyewitness described a much slower flight for the one that she had seen. Another American saw them “soaring” for half a mile.

Read about living-pterosaur investigations in the

second edition of the book Searching for Ropens.

Estimates for overall length vary from four-and-a-half feet to six feet. The wingspan is from eight to twelve feet. The width of the wing has been estimated from one to two-and-a-half feet.


Two American researchers, Garth Guessman (interviewer of the three Americans) and Jonathan Whitcomb (author of the book), noticed several clues that eliminated a fruit-bat-interpretation of the sightings. Not only the long-soaring flights and long wingspans are unlike the Flying Fox bats: The eyewitnesses reported pointed head crests on the New Britain creatures.


For more information, read the second edition of the book Searching for Ropens, or the news release titled, “New Kind of Pterodactyl-like Creatures Reported in Papua New Guinea.”