Searching for Ropens and Finding God - exciting news about sightings of modern pterosaurs worldwide Papua New Guinea The independent nation of Papua New Guinea (called by natives "Piugini") is north of Australia and includes the eastern side of one of the largest islands in the world: the island of New Guinea. How does this relate to live pterodactyls? These islands seem to have more reports of apparent living pterosaurs than other areas of the world. On Umboi Island, the ropen has been seen by hundreds of natives and a number of Western visitors, including an Australian who once worked as a government official on Umboi. The great majority of sightings, however, are of a brief flying light at night. In the earlier hours of the night, it flies from a mountain to a reef; in later hours of the night, it is more likely to fly from a reef to a mountain, although exceptions can involve flights from one moun- tain to another. A few sightings are of a large winged creature that glows brightly. Copyright 2009, 2014  Jonathan D. Whitcomb Live Pterodactyl Jonathan Whitcomb on Umboi Island in 2004 (Papua New Guinea expedition) Two ropen expeditions in 2004 resulted in many eyewitness interviews by three Americans and their interpreters, on Umboi Island. But why is Papua New Guinea important to the living-pterosaur research? Many other sightings have been reported around the world. This is where investigations began. Pterodactyl Expeditions Major ropen expeditions have been in 1994, 1996, 2002, 2004 (two), 2006, 2007, and 2009 by Carl Baugh, Paul Nation, Jacob Kepas, Jim Blume, Jonathan D. Whitcomb, David Woetzel, Garth Guessman, and by members of two television adventure shows: Destination Truth and Monsterquest. According to the third edition of the nonfiction Searching for Ropens and Finding God,  “Later I learned that a hungry ropen doesn’t always wait for a funeral. I phoned Carl Baugh, founder of the Creation Evidence Museum in Glen Rose, Texas, who had visited Papua New Guinea to investigate the ropen stories. He told me about an old man, crippled  with cancer  in about 1995,  who was attacked by one of the creatures. In daylight, in a village near the city of Lae, thirty eyewitnesses saw the creature carry the man into the air, then drop him. This happened three times before the creature finally carried off the body to eat it.” Pure nonfiction cryptozoology: Live Pterosaurs in America Cryptozoology/religion/science