All Press Releases for 05/29/2007

New Kind of Pterodactyl-like Creatures Reported in Papua New Guinea, Reports Author Jonathan Whitcomb

Leathery-skinned creatures with pointed head crests fly over the interior of an island in Papua New Guinea, according to three American eyewitnesses. The wingspans of the pterosaur-like creatures are eight to twelve feet.

LONG BEACH, CA / PR FREE / May 29 2007 --
Leathery-skinned creatures with pointed head crests and bird-like beaks fly over the interior of a tropical island in Papua, New Guinea, according to three American eyewitnesses who worked in a medical mission there. With wingspans estimated between eight and twelve feet, the pterosaur-like creatures are said to glide, in daylight, over valleys in central New Britain Island, the same island where a ten-foot tall dinosaur-like animal was reported in March of 2004. Some descriptions suggest that the flying creatures may resemble Pteranodons.

The eyewitnesses were reluctant to talk about their ten sightings, which were from 1989 through 1991, until they learned of research on another strange flying creature on a nearby island. The American Garth Guessman, one of the researchers, interviewed the three eyewitnesses late in 2006, and their accounts were published in a book, in May of 2007.

The Pteranodon-like creatures are unlike the solitary long-tailed "ropen" reported to fly at night over nearby Umboi Island. The New Britain creatures, with no sign of tails, fly in daylight, usually two or three at a time, sometimes in single file. They are also unlike the giant Flying Fox fruit bats, common in Papua New Guinea, which have no head crests or beaks.

One eyewitness saw three of the New Britain creatures "soaring with no flapping." He watched them fly half a mile in a minute or two, towards the ocean. "They did not look around, nothing moved on wings [or] head appendages." According to the newly published book, Searching for Ropens, (second edition), the size, beaks, head crests, and gliding flight of these creatures repudiates the idea that they are fruit bats.

The author of the book, Jonathan Whitcomb, a forensic videographer in Long Beach, California, suggests that the New Britain creature is a Pterodactyloid, a very different type of pterosaur than the ropen that he believes is a Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur. Whitcomb analyzed the testimonies and declared that the descriptions cannot reasonably be of bats or birds. He also found enough differences between the three sets of descriptions to suggest that there was no hoax-collaboration but that the eyewitnesses saw the same creatures that each person described slightly differently.

One man, who had eight sightings over eighteen months, described the skin as "leather, like a bat." He said that the beak was "12 to 15 inches" long and the head crest or comb, "about 8 inches." He had learned to recognize the sound of the creatures and would look up when he heard it: "a low pitch scraping sound."

Guessman and Whitcomb, both from Southern California, explored Umboi Island separately in 2004, asking native eyewitnesses about the long-tailed ropen. Both investigators believe that the New Britain creature is a different species of pterosaur than the Umboi Island creature.

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