Kongamato and Ropen

The kongamato of Africa has been compared with the ropen of Papua New Guinea, in that similarly-described flying creatures have been associated with grave robbery. But what’s in a name? Apparent pterosaurs have various names in various countries of the world; in the United States, we sometimes hear “pterodactyl” and “dinosaur bird.” Regardless of the…

Pterosaurs or Stingrays in Africa?

Stingrays are related to sharks and some live in fresh water. An apparently fresh conjecture about the origin, in Africa, of the word “Kongamato,” however, has little relevance to most reports of living pterosaurs. The idea that a species of large stingray may have been the origin of the African word for “overturner or boats” may have some…