by Chris Parker, Copyright 2009 s8int.com
Photo:Similar to Modern Sighting
Papua New Guinea is a huge Island north of Australia, the home itself of some fairly unusual fauna. Brian Irwin is an Australian who recently visited Papua New Guinea where he met a number of residents of small islands of West New Britain, who had recently seen huge creatures which, if accurate must describe living dinosaurs. These sightings have been occurring since the early 1990’s.
Irwin detailed these new eyewitness accounts in a story he wrote for "Creation Ministries International about them entitled “Theropod and sauropod dinosaurs sighted in Papua New Guinea?”
More about these recent sightings shortly, however first we wanted to recount the story of the huge creature which was seen and described by scientists on Papua New Guinea back approximately 100 years ago.
Photo; A Different Creature 100 Years Ago
According to an article in the Steven’s Point Wisconsin Gazette of August 31, 1910, “one of the most remarkable scientific discoveries ever made” was reported from the “wilds” of New Guinea. According to the article, a “prehistoric monster” much larger than an elephant had been discovered and encountered not by common folks like me and you, but by “scientists”.
In addition, to the “giant monster”,the scientists had come across a "marvelous race of pigmies" who averaged just over four feet in height.
According to the article; “the expedition was sent out by a committee appointed by the British Ornithologist's union to explore the great Snow mountains in Dutch New Guinea, and consists of several famous scientists, headed by Walter Goodfellow, the naturalist."
"According to the official reports, the Gazeka is of gigantic size and fearsome aspect. It is black and white striped, has the nose of a tapir and "a face like the devil."
Among the English inhabitants of the island, the animal is known as Monckton's Gazeka, in honor of Mr. C. A. W. Monckton, a former explorer In New Guinea, who first reported its presence in the mountains.
Mr. Monckton, during his ascent of Mount Albert Edward, in the west of British New Guinea, discovered the huge footprints and other indications of the very recent presence of some tremendous monster that had evidently been prowling on the grassy plains surrounding the lakes on the summit at an elevation of about 12,500 feet.
He followed the trail all day, and came upon the monster at dusk, just as it was devastating a settlement of the pigmies.
The little natives were screaming and running for their lives, although they turned every now and again to aim their poisoned arrows at the brute.
Monckton let fire as soon as he was able to get in a proper position, and the huge Gazeka at once turned upon him. As it reared upon its hind legs and pawed the air it looked to the hunter as big as a house, standing fully 25 feet high.
Two of Monckton's bullets seemed to take effect, as a stream of blood flowed freely from the animal's shoulder, but before Monckton was able to reload the animal turned and fled. By that time it was too dark to follow him, and Monckton never had another opportunity to renew his pursuit.
According to the same article, Dr. W.D. Matthew of the American Museum of Natural History, saw a strong resemblance between the “fearsome animal” and a prehistoric monster known as the diprodon, the fossil remains of which are found all over Australia.
"The diprodont, also known as the diprotodon was the largest known marsupial that ever lived.
It, along with many other members of a group of unusual species collectively called the Australian megafauna, existed from 1.6 million years ago until about 40,000 years ago (through most of the Pleistocene epoch). Diprotodon spp. fossils have been found in many places across Australia, including complete skulls and skeletons, as well as hair and foot impressions.”..wikipedia
Photo:Footprints of diprotodon, left. "Fossilised track-ways of this enormous beast have been found in the dry beds of Lake Callabonna in northern South Australia, where hundreds of entire skeletons of Diprotodon have been found"…Department of Environment and Heritage Government of South Australia. Diagram by Murray.
Right; diagram of the print of unknown creature, (next to pygmy) called Monckton's "gazeka', as printed in August 1910 in the Steven's Point Wisconsin Gazette. The diagram, which was "constructed" from "recent prints" was submitted by British scientists on expedition to find the creature.
Although the identity of the “prehistoric monster” seen by many in 1910 remains a mystery, the British scientists recovered recent tracks of the Gazeka, one of which was reproduced in that 1910 article. Fossilized trackways of the Diprotodon discovered subsequent to that 1910 expedition make it possible to make a positive identification of the prehistoric monster as a “Diprotodon”! The footprints transmitted back by the scientists in 1910, as shown in this photo, are an exact match.
The prints of diprotodon, left and the Gazeka print right, from 1910 that are a match are the “Pes”or rear prints. The gazeka print is shown in comparison to one of the Pygmies encountered by the British expedition.
The diprotodon, did not become extinct 40,000 to 2,000,000 million years ago. Up until 100 years ago, it was alive and kicking on Papua New Guinea.
As we begin to detail earlier, Brian Irwin, recently interviewed a number of New Britainers who had recently encountered what appears from the descriptions to be living dinosaurs.
“Since the 1990s, a large ‘reptilian’ creature has been sighted occasionally on Umbungi Island in West New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Umbungi Island is located on the south coast of West New Britain between Kandrian and Gasmata. The creature has also been sighted on Alage Island, about 1km to the south of Ambungi Island.
I interviewed a young man on Umbungi Island, Robert who sighted the creature around 2005/2006. The creature was also sighted at the same time by Tony Avil, who was not on Umbungi Island when I was there. Robert does not speak English, so an interpreter was used to translate Pidgin to English.
The creature was described as having a long tail and a long neck and was 10–15 metres in length, with an appearance like a ‘very large wallaby’ and having a head like a turtle’s head.
It walked slowly on two legs and had smooth, shiny brown skin. The top of the head was estimated to be as high as a house and the underbelly of the creature was as high as an adult.
The creature was described as being fearful-looking, with the sighting being made from a distance of about 50 metres. The sighting was made in the late afternoon and was observed for a considerable length of time.”
When shown the Dinosaur Handbook, by Hazel Richardson, the eyewitnesses selected Therizinosaurus as being a close match to what they had seen except for the head of the creature. Coincidentally, the skull of Therizinosaurus has never been found and paleoentologists have had to simply guess what the head may have looked like and what the dinosaur ate.
Therizinosaurs (or segnosaurs) are theropod dinosaurs belonging to the clade Therizinosauroidea. Therizinosaur fossils have been found in Early through Late Cretaceous deposits in Mongolia, the People's Republic of China and Western North America. Among the most striking characteristics of therizinosaurs are the enormous claws on their hands, which reached lengths of three feet in Therizinosaurus.
The page that the witnesses selected is shown here at the top of the page.
We decided to check to see if any of the native art of Papua New Guinea represented large dinosaur type creatures similar to Therizinosaurus. If that creature survived, then obviously mom and pop and other Therizinosauruses would have been living on the islands for some time.
We did find at least two pieces of native art which appear to depict creatures of this type;one is shown here. On the Art-Pacific website in the Papua New Guinea section, Carolyn Leigh has a photo of a giant, wickerwork basketry figure over 6 feet in height, that bears a strong resemblance to the Therizinosaurus.
F.E. Williams, a photographer who cataloged the artwork from 1922-1943, described the figure(s) this way Basketry figures:
“In the Purari Delta, giant wickerwork pig-like figures called kaiaimunu lived in the back of the men's house. Every male was initiated into their cult. A young boy was lifted onto his group's old kaiaimunu, collapsing it. The initiates helped their uncles weave new ones.
The boy sits inside his kaiemunu, and helps to weave it. His uncle pokes a cane strip through to him, and he pokes it back through the proper place (from F. E. Williams, Papua 1922-1943).
Photo:Therizinosaurus and New Guinea kaiaimunu
The comparison of the kaiaimunu and Therizinosaurus is shown in the accompanying photo; both appear to have claws, are bipedal. Is the kaiaimunu basedon sightings of a theropod dinosaur like Therizinosaurus?
Irwin described another dinosaur-like sighting in the area around 2005. It was apparently yet another entirely different animal.
“One afternoon late in 2005, three people from Awirin Island, near Gasmata in West New Britain, Papua New Guinea, were on the beach on the south side of the adjacent unpopulated Dililo Island5 (figure 6) when they observed an amazing creature moving in the water.
Simon Patolkit (lay preacher for the Catholic Church on Awirin Island) and his wife Margaret (figures 7, 8) described their sighting of the reptilian creature to me through an interpreter who translated from Pidgin to English.
The creature had a long neck and a long tail and had a total length of about 20 metres and a width of about 2 metres. The head was described as being ‘like a dinosaur’ with an ‘oval-like face’”
The further description closely matches that of a sauropod type dinosaur. If you intend to visit Papua New Guinea, pack your camera and your elephant gun.