Still Living

Carvings - Pterosaurs Still Living

Wooden Carvings of ropen-like animals
Museum exhibits in Port Moresby support a longstanding tradition of a large flying creature in Papua New Guinea.
Although these wooden carvings do not closely resemble any known pterosaur, the artist or artists themselves may not have observed the creature depicted. Artistic license should be taken into account when an artist creates while listening to another person’s verbal description.
But some aspects of these carvings correlate with accounts
of sightings of the “ropen” (also known as “duwas,” “indava,
and "seklo-bali") creatures seen in coastal and inland areas
of Papua New Guinea, including Umboi Island.
Please consider the web sites on the left. The living-pterosaur interpretation of the origin of these carvings may seem odd, at first, but eyewitness reports of apparent in-the-flesh living pterosaurs are the key; the wooden carvings are secondary.
See a more complete view of this wooden carving
Here a snake is biting
the tail of another creature
Strange carving (wooden)
These carvings relate to either a ropen or a pterosaur in six ways:
1) wings
2) hair or fur
3) reptilian ear
4) reptilian-like tail
5) attacks on human
6) bumps on the back
Special thanks to the Holiday Inn in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and to the photographer: copyright 2004, Garth Guessman