Pterosaurs are ferocious flying dinosaurs thought to be extinct for 65 million years. Physical evidence provided gigantic nesting sites in some of the mountainous cliff areas of Papua New Guinea. The natives were reported as being fearful of the animals, given their eyewitness accounts. The animals were described as being large in diameter, having bat-like wings connecting to an elongated beak. There were reports of razor sharp teeth and claws and a lengthy whip-like tail with a split or flange at the end.
The Ropen or ‘demon flyer‘ is a monstrous animal that’s terrified the natives of Papua New Guinea for thousands of years. Another smaller animal, the Duah, is possibly related to the Ropen; this creature haunts some of the far flung outlying islands.
An Enlightened Search
The animals are said to "glow" in the dark, reported both by locals and researchers. It has been hypothesized that the bio-luminescent glow assists the animals' effort to hunt and catch food in the deep darkness of the tropical night. One of the researchers, David Woetzel, has said that he recorded images of the animals while studying them.
It Is Believed that Two Exist, but Is there even One?
Believing that a type of animal such as the Ropen or the Duah exists is relatively hard to imagine, but not improbable when we think of new species of animals, flowers, microscopic organisms being found every day. Maybe another definitive piece of data suc as habitat helps provide a more solid defense that the animals do exist. The Ropen may look alike, but they reside in different areas. The Ropen is presumed to exist in Papua New Guinea while the Duah resides along the outlying islands.
Fact Or Anomaly
Information regarding the pterosaur arose at the British Association's Science Festival in Dublin. It is the first animal having a backbone in place to fly. Facts were described by Dr. David Martill of Portsmouth University from work carried out by Dino Frey of the German Staatliches Museum fuer Naturkunde in Karlsruhe. The size of the animal and dimensions indicate that it may have had a wingspan of at least 18 m, this being determined from wing bone fragments discovered.
The largest flying bird today is the wandering albatross, with a wingspan of about 3.5 m. This indicates that a pterosaur was five times the size of an albatross. Pterosaurs were believed to walk on four legs using what we call "knuckles". So it is safe to presume that the animals exhibited hands. The animals' ability to utilize air currents, thermals and ground effects was excellent.
What Is the General Consensus?
Conventional-thinking zoologists believe that the animals do exist and are inhabiting Papua New Guinea' primitive rainforests and tiny offshore islands currently. They are willing to believe that the animals exist mainly because they claim to have seen them firsthand.
Those supporting the existence of living pterosaurs are called crypto-zoologists. However, conventional-thinking zoologists seem to think that if living pterosaurs did exist, the finding would refute ethical geological timetables and even evolution. Still, disputing what is geology of consequence would take more than the unearthing of an existing species of pterosaurs. The discovery would only show that a remaining group of animals persisted longer than what was initially considered.
However, what hasn't been considered yet is that maybe there was just a misidentification. It cannot be ruled out. The finding would be too significant. Therefore, it is reasonable to take into consideration the idea that birds of substantive sizes do exist and can present as pterosaur-shaped animals against a darker hue or from afar.