The ropen is described in ways that actually lead to two words: "dragon" and "pterosaur," depending on culture and taste. But notice the word noticeably absent: "extinct."
Several Americans searched for the elusive creature; important expeditions were in 2002, 2004 (two), and 2006. But the Sci-Fi Destination Truth expedition of 2007 introduced the word "ropen" to many thousands of American T.V. viewers.
Live pterosaurs! But it gets even stranger. Reports starting coming in from North America, and some of the Americans who explored
But not everything is secret. According to a new nonfiction book "Live Pterosaurs in America," (by Jonathan Whitcomb), Scott Norman stayed up one night and saw a pterosaur-like animal that "had an 8-10 foot wingspan; the wings were bat-like . . . the neck about 1-2 feet in length, the head was about four feet in length, and the head . . . has a crest that was about 2 feet in length." With a long neck, a long head, a head crest, and an 8-10 foot wingspan, it was no bat. And it was not in
Pterosaurs Alive, Not Extinct
Part of the problem is the breadth of the belief in absolute extinction of all species of pterosaurs. That means that nobody, in a "developed country," can easily report a sighting of an apparent pterosaur, even if that species is not extinct but simply rare. Anyone reporting a live pterosaur is subject to being not just doubted: A person's mental health can easily be brought into question. Eyewitnesses can be interviewed, however, by cryptozoologists who specialize in this field of cryptozoology: Jonathan Whitcomb and Garth Guessman (of Southern California) or Phillip O'Donnell (of
by Nathaniel Coleman (a cryptozoologist not closely related to Loren Coleman)
My theory is that there were small pterosaurs as well. The fossil record can't tell us everything. For one thing, certain fossils could be destroyed. It is possible that small pterosaurs dwelled during the Cretaceous era with the birds and their larger cousins. To add, fossils can't tell us much about soft organs and nothing about exact behavior, so it is possible that somewhere along the line of pterosaur evolution, there could have been a light producing mutation that faired well during the dark end of the Mesozoic era.