Modern Pterosaurs

Cryptozoology, the study of "hidden" or unclassified animals, includes more than Nessie of Loch Ness and Big Foot of North America. The ropen of Papua New Guinea has been described by some eyewitnesses as a "pterodactyl." This long-tailed nocturnal flying creature has been seen in Morobe Province, the island of Umboi in particular; that's where we get the name "ropen." Serious investigators, at least those who have explored in Papua New Guinea, believe that this cryptid is a modern pterosaur.
 
But modern pterosaurs include more than long-tailed featherless creatures. The "New Britain creature" is neither long-tailed nor nocturnal. It has been seen in central New Britain Island, at midday, gliding over a valley at midday, heading towards the sea. According to the book Searching for Ropens, three American eyewitnesses of the creatures have reported some similar descriptions; variations in the descriptions seem to be explained well by normal eyewitness-reporting variations related to observations of actual events. According to the book, the New Britain Creature seems to be a Pterodactyloid, in contrast to the ropen (which seems to be a Rhamphorhynchoid). But both creatures are said to be modern pterosaurs.
 
" . . . explorers have focused attention more on sightings within the 48 states of America"
 
Die zwei Flügel waren zusammen (Flügelspannweite) neun Meter lang. Der Kopf war einem Pterosaur-Kopf ähnlich.
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