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Ropen Flies Over Lake Pung

Pterodactyloid pterosaurRhamphorhynchoid pterosaur

Seven boys were terrified, in about 1994, as they saw the ropen fly over a crater lake. On the remote island of Umboi, in Papua New Guinea, seven boys climbed up to Lake Pung, just north of their village. Within a few minutes they saw the giant creature fly over the water. The boys ran home in terror and the memory of that fear lasted for years. In 2004, Jonathan Whitcomb explored part of Umboi Island. He interviewed Gideon Koro, who confirmed their encounter, calling the creature by its local name: “ropen;” two other young men verified Gideon’s account. According to Gideon, this creature has a wing-size of “seven meter,” a long tail, but “no feathers.” Its wings he compared with those of the Flying Fox.*


The credibility of these young men is significant. Their demeanor indicated they were telling the truth about the giant ropen that they had seen over Pung. And the descriptions suggest that the ropen of Umboi Island is indeed a living pterosaur, according to investigators a giant Rhamphorhynchoid.

*Flying Fox fruit bats are common in some Southwest Pacific countries, including Papua New Guinea. They can hardly explain sightings of the ropen, however. Even the largest fruit bats never grow long tails, never glow at night, never catch fish on the reef, never rob human graves, and never attain a wingspan of 30-50 feet. Ropens do.

Photograph courtesy of Garth Guessman and Copyright 2004 Garth Guessman

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Front cover of the book, "Searching for Ropens" (second edition)Back cover of the book, "Searching for Ropens" (second edition)

The book Searching for Ropens explains not only the investigation and the theories of what the ropen is, it delves into the philosophical implications of the existence of living pterosaurs. Part of that investigation reveals that “universal common ancestry,” or the General Theory of Evolution of Charles Darwin, is a “sheltered superstition,” that demands no competing philosophy. The universal-pterosaur-extinction axiom is not scientific but philosophical, and superstition is not limited to “primitive natives,” for Westerners are vulnerable.