by Jonathan Whitcomb
Living Pterosaurs newsletter 004
June 08, 2007
To living-pterosaur investigators
and to those interested:
It's been too many weeks since the last newsletter;
now there is almost too much news to cover at once.
Nine new web pages are listed below. I do not recommend
the YouTube site itself, but I have put up two web
pages with videos of eyewitnesses of the ropen. You
can watch the videos on my web pages without going
to the YouTube site (which seems to have many crude
and light-minded videos).
The newly published book "Big Bird!" has many sighting
reports. I noticed some inaccuracies but the report on
the Texarkana, Arkansas sighting by Shawn (page 55)
seems accurate, according to what the eyewitness told me.
I am grateful that Mr. Gerhard mentions my own book
twice in his book; nevertheless, he gives two titles
for my book, both of them inaccurate. I could give a
thorough book review but there's no time or space here.
"Big Bird" is a treasure chest of clues for future
living-pterosaur investigations in North America.
My own book, "Searching for Ropens," second edition,
is at the printers; it should be bound and ready to
ship as early as June 8th (to be optimistic). Please
encourage purchases through the publisher, Wingspan
Press. This gives at least eight times more funds
to future expeditions and living-pterosaur investi-
gations, compared with Amazon.com sales. Also, be
aware of the edition ordered: The revised expanded
second edition has three small ropens on the cover;
don't purchase the old original version with only
one medium-sized ropen on the front cover.
A new kind of pterosaur-candidate on New Britain
Island, Papua New Guinea, is investigated in the
new edition of my book (see link #3, below) This
seems to be a large Pterodactyloid. Thank you,
Garth (Guessman) for interviewing these three
eyewitnesses! This is wonderful news, although
the creature seems to a a non-ropen, for it does
not seem to have much of a tail, if any tail.
But who cares about the lack of a tail when we
have a new pterosaur-candidate: That's a tale!
Brian Hennessy, a psychologist who works in a
medical university in China, gives his account
of the "prehistoric" creature he saw on the
island of Bougainville in 1971. This is also
examined in the second edition of SFR. (see
link #5, below)
Paul Nation and I are hoping to get funding for
an expedition before the end of this year. We
cannot do this on our own, so please let us
know of any potential contributors for a major
ropen expedition in Papua New Guinea. There
will be more information on this in the next
Thank you for your interest in living pterosaurs!
New Web Pages
Here are some new web pages related to living pterosaurs:
1) Online video of three eyewitness of a flyover of
the ropen (2004 interview) at Lake Pung, Umboi Island
2) Online video of Michael of Opai Village (regarding the
grave robbery in Gomlongon in 1949; 2004 interview)
3) The New Britain Island creature (Papua New Guinea) seems
to be a large Pterodactyloid pterosaur.
5) A psychologist saw, in 1971, a large flying creature that
looked "prehistoric." This was on Bougainville Island, PNG
6) An updated links pages related to living dinosaurs, living
pterosaurs, and dragons
7) Another links page on living pterosaurs (a long list of sites!)
9) An overview of why to disbelieve in extinction and why to believe
in living pterosaurs--this is a fresh approach to the subject.
There may be an expedition later in 2007.
Watch for the next newsletter for more information.