Late in 2014, the ropen page of Wikipedia was deleted by a few critics of the American cryptozoologists who searched for this cryptid in expeditions in Papua New Guinea, over many years of searching. Two television adventure shows (semi-documentary) were broadcast by two different production teams, yet that was not enough to prevent the skeptics from eliminating that page on Wikipedia. We have a better way than censorship, a better way to promote the truth.
Of course the issue of credibility may have some merit, but both sides of a controversy need to be addressed, especially in this case, in which different kinds of credibility are involved.
If Wikipedia does not even have a page on the ropen, why even consider the possibility that this reported animal is a modern pterosaur? It’s the similar descriptions given by eyewitnesses from around the world, common persons who have seen an uncommon flying creature.
Yet the public needs to be aware of a simplistic form of credibility that appears on the surface to make modern pterosaurs impossible. Beware of relying too much on a narrow but deeply entrenched cultural assumption, ingrained through generations of indoctrination. It’s the idea that all species of dinosaurs and pterosaurs must have become extinct, in all of their species, by many millions of years ago. That has been drilled into the thinking of children and adults, for generations, in Western countries like the United States.
So what other kind of credibility is there, regarding the possibility that the ropen is a modern pterosaur? Eyewitnesses from around the world report a large featherless flying creature with a long tail. These reports of long tails outnumber reports of a lack of a long tail by 20-to-1 ratio: 41% to 2%, according to analysis of data compiled at the end of 2012. Those sightings come from eyewitnesses of various cultures, from countries like the following:
- Namibia (Africa)
- Sudan (Africa)
- United States
- Papua New Guinea
How does this relate to the credibility issue of the ropen being a real non-extinct long-tailed pterosaur? If only Westerners, such as Americans, were telling cryptozoologists about encounters with pterosaurs, and those persons were mostly hoaxers, they would report alleged flying creatures with short tails (or without mentioning any observed tails), for that is the type of pterosaur so often depicted in film and television. But the ration is 20-to-1 in favor of long-tailed “pterodactyls,” which eliminates the possibility that many of the reports are hoaxes.
Now consider the following sketch, drawn by the eyewitness Eskin Kuhn. He was a U.S. Marine, stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 1971.
Sketch by the eyewitness Eskin C. Kuhn
This kind of credibility—from looking at one of the sketches drawn by one of the eyewitnesses—tells us to review our long-held beliefs in universal extinctions of all species of dinosaurs and pterosaurs.
The water-birds resting/sleeping on shore suddenly stirred and made a ruckus, disturbed by whatever was out over the water. . . . As we both looked out at the water, we saw something dark moving over the water, for a second or two only, and then in it’s flight path it started a flashing greeny-blue light, as whatever it was continued to fly just above the water of the dam.
Do pterosaurs still live? In the 21st Century? Don’t rush to any conclusion; get the facts, then judge credibility.
In a period of ten weeks, two eyewitnesses saw a total of four flying creatures: three “dragons” and one “pterosaur.” The three were gliding together early in the morning of March 3, 2013, over the I-5 freeway near Griffith Park. The “pterosaur” was seen gliding over that same freeway on May 13, 2013, just a mile and a half to the south.
Since the early 1990’s, there have been at least seven significant expeditions to Papua New Guinea to search for “ropens” and those who’ve seen them.
According to the book Searching for Ropens and Finding God, “A modern pterosaur with Rhamphorhynchoid characteristics” is the definition of “ropen,” . . .
Do you believe in the possibility that long-tailed featherless flying creatures, much larger than any fruit bat, live in the jungles of Papua New Guinea? Your belief depends a great deal on where you lived your childhood: in a village like Gomlongon on Umboi Island or in a western country like the United States.
. . . he [Jonathan Whitcomb] concluded that the ropen of Umboi is protecting its territory from smaller ones of its species that live on surrounding islands.
For Lakewood residents, don’t leave your Chihuahua overnight in the backyard, at least not if your backyard is bordered by a storm channel.