Stilt-hut on a tiny island in the Siassi Islands group

Islander from Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

Just north of Australia, and far south of the Philippines, Papua New Guinea is an independent island nation, sharing the largest island (“mainland”) with Indonesia. Aside from the “mainland,” some of the larger islands are New Britain, New Ireland, and Bougainville. Being just south of the equator, Papua New Guinea is tropical, with some of the most isolated rainforests in the world.

Port Moresby, the capital, is the largest city; Lae, in Morobe Province, is second largest. Rabaul, on New Britain Island, was a major city until it was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1994.

Hundreds of languages are spoken in small village communities, some of which are rarely visited by outsiders. The rugged mountainous terrain of the mainland interior makes travel difficult, leaving open the possibility that small human settlements on the island of New Guinea may still be undiscovered.

Perhaps the most amazing potential discovery is of a strange flying creature that some natives call “ropen.” Another name for it, in Tawa Village in the interior, is “indava.” A few Americans have been exploring on the mainland and on Umboi Island, searching for this giant featherless creature that they believe is a pterosaur. Two expeditions, in late 2006 and early 2007, resulted in video evidence for the bioluminescent quality of the elusive nocturnal ropen.

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Rainforest Habitat


Lae, Morobe Prov.,

Papua New Guinea


People of Umboi Is.,

Papua New Guinea



(very large bird)


Bird Watching in

Papua New Guinea


Birds of Paradise


Facts about Papua

New Guinea (a little

more introduction)


Book on living

pterosaurs in

Papua New Guinea:

Searching for Ropens


Comments from

readers of the first

edition of the ropen

book (reviews)


Cryptozoology in

Papua New Guinea


Cryptozoology expe-

ditions in Papua

New Guinea


Languages of

Papua New Guinea

(language maps)


Papuan Languages

of New Guinea

(The term Papuan refers to those languages of the western Pacific that do not belong to either the Austronesian or the Australian group.)


Tok Pisin Translation, Resources, and Discussion

(language of Tok Pisin)


Revising the

Mihalic Project

“Fr. Frank Mihalic spent 50 years  as  a  Catholic missionary in Papua New Guinea . . . a promoter of Tok Pisin literacy.”

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Glowing Pterosaur-

like creature

Press Release: New Hampshire businessman, David Woetzel, saw a glowing form flying towards  mountain on Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea.


Glowing Creatures Videotaped In

Papua New Guinea

“. . . explorers think are bioluminescent pterosaurs . . .”

A Psychologist saw

a Living Pterosaur

(Press Release)

. . . prehistoric-looking creature flying in Papua New Guinea . . .


Pteranodon-like creatures in

central New Britain Island

“Leathery-skinned creatures with pointed head crests and bird-like beaks fly over the interior of a tropical island in Papua New Guinea.”

Theories and Philosophies

related to the live pterosaur

“Opinions . . . are categorized into . . . Evolution and Creation, but are there really only two points of view?”


Eyewitnesses: comparing one witness with another

“When two eyewitness testimonies  agree  on  several points, the credibility of the most  natural . . . interpretation of those points is strengthened.”

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