I have several reasons for publishing reports of apparent pterosaurs, three of them listed here:
- To inform the public on issues related to evolution concepts
- To encourage more pterosaur eyewitnesses to come forward
- To help in protecting Americans from a potential danger
We now look at potential danger from ropen attacks in the United States. The following is taken from the fourth edition of the nonfiction book Searching for Ropens and Finding God (SFRFG-4):
Although Marfa Lights in Texas have been occasionally reported to be friendly, a large ropen, in some areas of this planet, would love to take you out, to eat. According to Gerald McIsaac, author of Bird From Hell, people have been attacked in northern British Columbia, sometimes killed, by flying creatures he believes are modern pterosaurs.
“. . . One of the girls in the village was recently attacked by a pterodactyl. She had a campfire burning in her backyard and was attacked in the darkness. The animal made a whistling sound which was so loud her ears were ringing. That explains the origin of the local name Thunder Bird. She called me up, very upset, as people are laughing at her.” [pages 323-324 of SFRFG-4]
That area in British Columbia, Canada, is not too far removed from the northwestern United States, so we should not assume that no attacks will ever occur in the USA.
Missing Persons in the United States – Strange Cases
In the nonfiction book Missing 411 – Western United States & Canada, the author, David Paulides, reports many strange cases of human disappearances. Nothing in the book itself gives any direct evidence for attacks from large flying creatures, but still some of the cases appear to make sense when we apply that possibility.
When a small child goes missing, and he or she is later found (surviving or not), that distance from where the child went missing is greater than when older children or adults go missing. In other words, some of the stranger cases of lost persons are the opposite of what we would expect regarding the distance traveled. Those who would be much more capable of wandering away (lost) to a far distance are actually found to have gone a shorter distance than two-year-olds or other small children. Why are little ones, who can barely walk at all in a wilderness, found further away than those capable of walking much farther? The answer is simple: They did not walk to the found locations but were carried there through the air. Big people cannot be carried away as easily as little people can.
Bigfoot Comes in Second
I know the Bigfoot explanation for abductions by non-humans. But many cases in Mr. Paulides’s book also involve strange locations for shoes and clothing, separated from the person or body that was later found. Being carried away by a large flying creature and falling out of ones shoe or pants or jacket—that makes more sense than Bigfoots that quickly carry people uphill in extremely rugged terrain, dropping off shoes and clothing on the way up a steep mountain. Some Bigfoots may be extremely capable of getting themselves up challenging terrain, but carrying away all sizes of humans up almost inaccessible areas is too much.
A few cases may involve the Bigfoot, among these mysterious disappearances, but a large flying creature makes more sense, in many of the cases, when all things are considered.
Ropen (long-tailed pterosaur) seen by Patty Carson around 1965 in Cuba (Guantanamo Bay)
Giant Bird Conjecture
Some people speculate that huge birds, unclassified by science, have been responsible for some human abductions, through history. Perhaps that explains some of these missing-persons cases. But a small number of ropens, of a species that does not normally prey on humans, may also be an explanation. Whichever it is, we’d do well to watch for what may fly overhead.
Two American soldiers, in New Guinea in 1944, were hiking into the jungle west of Finschhafen, when they were shocked to see a huge creature fly into the air, not more than 100 feet from the soldiers. [a huge “pterodactyl” with a long tail]
Remember your worst nightmare? Were you glad to wake up? Be grateful. In the early morning hours of February 23, 2010, a few miles or so southwest of Marfa, Texas, the victims were terrified by what awakened them.
The ropen may grab the person by the coat or pants or shirt or even by the shoes. That is why the body or living person found by rescuers has such clothing missing. It also explains why such clothing is found in other locations and why the pants are sometimes found inside out. The victim falls out of the clothing sometimes but not always.
. . . it is a VERY RARE sight, but how can you mistake a pterodactyl? I have [researched this] . . . because I too have seen one, or what I believe to have been one, and there are many people who claim they have seen them. When I was around [ten years old] and on the way to a camp in North Carolina, I saw one soaring high in the sky. It was an amazing sight.
These Americans have gone deep into the tropical rain forests of Papua New Guinea, in the twenty-first century, to help in the cryptozoology searches for what appear to be living pterosaurs. [Blume, Guessman, Nation, Whitcomb, Woetzel]
A more recent definition, which does not restrict the cryptid to any particular location, is “A modern pterosaur with Rhamphorhynchoid characteristics,” generally meaning a pterosaur with a long tail (from the book Searching for Ropens and Finding God, fourth edition).