Shocking Truth: Modern Pterosaurs
Learn the truth about the controversy between Darwin's General Theory of Evolution
Biblical scriptures: It is not about science versus religion; it is about two opposing philosophies.
How could a giant living
pterodactyl haved eluded scientists for decades; why did a World War II veteran’s testimony receive so little attention?
What about this creature called, on Umboi island, “ropen
?” Is it the same animal called "seklo-bali" on the mainland? Is
it a modern pterosaur
? What is the origin of this idea that the last species of pterosaur died 65 million years ago? Is
the idea scientific
Searching for Ropens
answers these questions and will challenge you to think for yourself
rather than follow the dogmatism declared by so many textbooks: that all of the species of pterosaurs must be "extinct
At least two species
This book will give you much more than some cryptozoology
books, much more than just an adventure.
It will give you insight into the hearts and minds of the explorers who took risks in remote jungles to bring to light a miracle:
long-tailed pterosaurs (Rhamphorhynchoids) still live in the Southwest Pacific.
From Readers of the
“I read the book cover to cover in the first 48 hours after I received it (it was hard to put
down). The author does a great job of laying out the known facts about the Ropen.
“I was equally
fascinated with his personal account of summoning up the courage to go on the trip in the first place. The book was as much . . .
about finding the courage within you to do something extraordinary as it was about a possible cryptozoological event.”
“I sat up till nearly 4 a.m. reading your book.
. . . personally I think you have done a brilliant
job of it. Its full of humor
and spirituality. Every
page was interesting! Your honesty in the book really shone through and it was just such good
it!” (Penny, Australia)
“Thanks for your valuable book, that’s not only informative (very intelligently written),
but very interesting to read. The many pictures are helpful, too.” (Gizella Szegeczky, California)
Ropen Sightings: Facts
The old Flying-Fox explanation for living-pterosaur sightings has been shot down. The giant fruit bat
Papua New Guinea
(the Flying Fox
also lives in Australia and in various areas of Southeast Asia) eats fruit, not fish
or carrion. Nor do bats have tails longer than half their wingspans. Nor do bats glow at night with a bright bioluminescence. Nor
do bats have horn-like head appendages. The featherless ropen is no bat; why not a pterosaur?
Cryptozoology, Adventure, Spirituality
The first nonfiction book about modern pterosaurs
in Papua New Guinea, Searching for
examines two controversial ideas: the truth of living pterosaurs in the Southwest Pacific and the fiction of
the General Theory of Evolution, Darwin
's personal philosophy
. This book gives a Creation
perspective on ropens
From the author,
I started analyzing videotaped eyewitness testimonies in 2003; to my delight and amazement the natives
of Umboi Island showed a high level of credibility in the descriptions of their sightings of a large flying creature: nocturnal and bioluminescent
In 2004, my hope was confirmed by three more eyewitnesses: one American World War II veteran and two Australians. I unleashed my passion
by setting out on my own expedition
later in 2004, interviewing a few eyewitnesses that had not previously been interviewed. The men
and women who told me about their experiences with the ropen
--these persons deserve your attention; please read their own accounts
in my book, then come to your own conclusions.
The scientific, philosophical, and spiritual ramifications of this investigation
required more than few web pages I wrote in 2004 and early 2005. That’s why, from 2005-2006, I spent twelve months writing the first
edition of Searching for Ropens. New break-throughs and expeditions called for a new edition: updated, expanded. Please purchase the
My expedition to Papua New Guinea confirmed to me that this is some kind of pterosaur, but my confirmation came
not from any personal observation of the ropen: I interviewed many who have seen it. And when many eyewitnesses, of different cultures
and languages, see and then describe the same creature, then that creature is real, regardless of popular Western extinction-ideas.
book digs deeper than speculations about biology: Our human weakness of noticing the superstitions only of those of other cultures—this
is examined from an outside perspective. Why do Westerners assume that they are completely immune to superstition? Blindness is easier,
and dinosaur and pterosaur extinction ideas are based on assumptions, even superstitious
Searching for Ropens is
a spiritual book even more than it is a cryptozoological one: about believing in God, giving Him credit for life on this planet, for life
is no accident.
The book begins with my own life: experiences of my youth and young adult years that influenced me or prepared
me for my own expedition in 2004. Yes, it does require an explanation: a 55-year-old American traveling alone to Papua New Guinea
to search for giant living (and flying) “dinosaurs.” Although I myself never got to see the ropen, my interpreter saw it: one
hour after I had retired to bed; and the next day we still had laundry to do (humor helps us keep our sanity when it looks, to
our critics, like we have already lost it; still, this investigation itself is serious).
Jonathan Whitcomb, Long Beach,