In central New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea, flies a leathery-skinned creature that may be a Pterodactyloid pterosaur. Unlike the ropen (said to be a Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur) of nearby Umboi Island, the Central New Britain Flying Creature (CNBFC) does not have a long tail; but like the ropen, it appears featherless.
According to the second edition of the book Searching for Ropens, three anonymous American eyewitnesses report observing these creatures between 1989 and 1991. The eyewitnesses, designated "M," "H," and "S," were interviewed by Garth Guessman. Consider each testimony.
"M" had one sighting on a bright, clear early-afternoon. From 130 yards away, three CNBFC's were seen "soaring" in single file, with wingspans estimated to be 10-12 feet. There was no indication of feathers; indeed, the "skin" appeared "leathery." These three creatures were not birds, being featherless; they were not Flying Fox fruit bats, for they soared in single file.
"H" had one sighting of one creature, but it was close: as close as ten yards. On a clear mid-afternoon, the lady saw that it had "spars" on the leading edge of the wings, with webbing between the spars. The creature, with a wingspan of "9-11 feet," had a large beak at least somewhat similar to that of a crow. The skin was "smooth . . . like a bat wing." It was no bird, being featherless; it was not a Flying Fox fruit bat, having a crow-like beak.
"S" observed the creatures eight times over eighteen months, but from further away: about 500 yards, on average. Nevertheless, he noticed that the skin was "leathery, like a bat." He estimated the beak-length at 12-15 inches. The wingspans were "8-10 feet." The creatures were neither birds nor bats, (for reasons before mentioned).
Another feature that distinguishes the CNBFC from the Flying Fox bat: The New Britain Creature has a pointed head appendage.
For information about the island, see New Britain.
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Science, Religion, and Philosophy: See "Evolution and Pterosaurs."
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