Archive for October 8th, 2008

Living Pterosaurs Newsletter #12

Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 08 2008

by Jonathan Whitcomb

The two photos presented here are from and were not an original part of this newsletter. They are presented here because it seemed to be a subject well suited to present them, and we decided to make one post rather than two. It is our assertion that this piece represents a pterosaur, which would certainly be anomalous (by 65 million years).

Photo 1: Antique art from Nigeria, from the book; “L’Oiseau Dans Ll’arte de Afrique L’Oues”, (Birds in the art of West Africa)

Photo 2: The Nigerian piece compared with the fossil skulls of pterosaurs and with ancient drawing from Kalimantan.


Living-pterosaur investigations (including, but not limited to, sighting investigations) continue. These cryptozoological studies began around 1994, when Carl Baugh (of the Creation Evidence Museum, in Glen Rose, Texas) and missionary Jim Blume interviewed nationals (natives) on Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea.

Baugh was assisted by Paul Nation (also of that area of Texas) in the 1994 expedition. In 2004, the investigations continued with the expeditions of Jonathan Whitcomb, David Woetzel, and Garth Guessman, who explored Umboi and interviewed many eyewitnesses.

In late 2006, Paul Nation returned to Papua New Guinea, but not to Umboi Island. He was flown into a remote mountainous area of the mainland by the pilot Jim Blume. Nation had several night sightings of what the local villagers call “indava.” He videotaped two lights that were similar to the glowing forms
of Umboi Island (these kinds of creatures seem to have a bioluminescence).


In recent years, most investigations involve sightings in North American, especially the West Coast of the U.S.A.

The archive of the previous newsletter (011) (about a Southern California investigation and about the bat-ropen connection) is found at:

Newsletter 11

Lines of Influence

Jim Blume interviewed many natives (late 20th Century). Blume was interviewed, by telephone, by Garth Guessman. Guessman gave a copy of the audiotaped interview to Whitcomb. Whitcomb included much of Blume’s information in his book. The book (“Searching for Ropens”) encouraged investigators to continue. Garth Guessman and David Woetzel began a new investigation (No. America).

Guessman & Woetzel were joined by Scott Norman, who saw a large pterosaur. Reports of Norman’s sighting were believed by some cryptozoologists. Living-pterosaur investigations now have more credibility in cryptozoology.

Jim Blume assisted Carl Baugh with interviewing on Umboi. Baugh brought Paul Nation along on one of the expeditions. Nation returned, alone, to Umboi, in 2002, strengthening friendships. The friendly villagers (natives on Umboi) assisted Whitcomb in 2004.

Whitcomb updated Guessman and Woetzel on conditions on Umboi. Guessman and Woetzel arrived and interviewed other natives on Umboi Island. Those two Americans obtained much information, leading to a scientific paper. Woetzel’s paper introduced living-pterosaur ideas to scientists in the U.S.

Woetzel’s published paper lead Whitcomb to write for the same journal. Readers of the journal better realized the depth of the investigations. (Lines of influence are still to come in the scientific community)

Paul Nation instructed and prepared Whitcomb to explore Umboi Island. Whitcomb explored Umboi Island and interviewed eyewitnesses. Info. from Whitcomb’s interviews were published in 1st edition of his book.

Book (1st ed.) influenced a businessman to help finance Nation’s 2006 trip. Paul Nation’s 2006 expedition resulted in videotape of indava light. Information on Nation’s 2006 expedition was put into 2nd edition of the book.

Paul Nation obtained video footage of indava lights. Footage of indava lights was later analyzed by physicist Cliff Paiva. Paiva’s analysis encouraged Whitcomb to write more web pages. Substantial number of web pages attracted attention of more eyewitnesses. New eyewitnesses enabled Whitcomb to continue interviewing: more data.

Paul Nation’s videotaped indava lights encouraged Destination Truth. Destination Truth team obtained their own video of “ropen” light. Broadcast of Destination Truth introduced many Americans to the ropen. More American eyewitnesses are now open to being interviewed.

Duane Hodgkinson saw a giant flying “pterodactyl” in 1944. Hodgkinson told of his experience to Carl Baugh. Baugh accepted Hodgkinson’s account, encouraging Hodgkinson. Hodgkinson contacted Whitcomb (2004) and told him much information. Whitcomb was encouraged to go to Papua New Guinea (Umboi). . . etc. Hodgkinson’s openness allowed Guessman to give him a videotaped interview.

A portion of that video was put onto YouTube (online) by Whitcomb. Many thousands of YouTube watchers were introduced to living pterosaurs. Some YouTube viewers told Whitcomb about their own sightings.

(These are just a sample of many lines of influence.)

Near Collision over Indonesia

A few weeks ago, the pilot of a small plane reported a large flying creature: Just this past June, it nearly collided with the plane. It was about 150 miles southeast of Bali, Indonesia, at 6500 feet.

Immediately after the near collision, both the pilot and co-pilot said, “pterodactyl!” I (Jonathan Whitcomb) received emails from both men. They are both former navy pilots and I found their testimonies credible, without any sign of a hoax and without any sign of a predisposition to promote the concept of living pterosaurs. They do not seem inclined to either disparage or promote our investigations.

Although this sighting off the coast of Indonesia was too brief for the men to be sure of many details
of appearance, the size of the creature (at first the pilot thought it was another plane) and altitude
seem inconsistent with common birds or bats in the southwest Pacific. It could have been a ropen.
This sighting is not given as independent evidence of living pterosaurs; it is appreciated, however,
in context with all the sightings of giant pterosaur-like creatures reported in the southwest Pacific:
Perhaps large ropens can fly above 6000 feet.

For more information, see:
Pterosaur Indonesia
Investigation in Georgia (United States)

I’ve been communicating, by email, with an eyewitness in Georgia. Two flying creatures were seen within a period of less than two weeks; one was larger than the other, but they were in the same general area. The sightings were just this past summer (2008).

From the drawings the lady sent to me, I am calling this apparent pterosaur “Hammerhead Ropen.” The head appendage is somewhat similar to that of the creatures seen by Hodgkinson and Hennessy; but the beak and the appendage seem more like one continuous head-structure. The head-appendage has a somewhat curved shape. Both beak and head-appendage are more blunt than is in the sketches of the Hodgkinson-Hennessy creatures.

The tail ends in a “flat, thick, heart-shaped pad.” Fortunately, this eyewitness is an artist; the drawings are better than almost any others that I have seen. I will be talking with her about the possibility of letting the world see her sketches. (She is still an anonymous eyewitness.)

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Thank you for your interest in living pterosaurs.

See Also: Nigerian Pterosaur Art