Hornbill Bird Versus Pterosaur

The Hornbill bird has been suggested as what might cause some eyewitnesses to report a living pterosaur. But the big problem is this: What eyewitness report? The skepticism is vague. If there is any sighting that may be relevant, a skeptic needs to mention that sighting. The above photo shows an obvious bird, with clear…

Giant Bat or Pterosaur?

  Too often have I encountered a generalization that is too convenient, an explanation not for any particular sighting of an apparent pterosaur in Papua New Guinea but for sightings in general: a misidentified Flying Fox fruit bat. The Hodgkinson sighting alone, perhaps the most important pterosaur sighting in history, repudiates the “giant bat” misidentification explanation.…

Misidentification

Regarding the sightings by Hodgkinson and Hennessy, misidentification of a Frigate bird or a Flying Fox fruit bat seems practically impossible; those two flying creatures were anything but birds or bats. But critics have also used the word “misidentified” (or “misidentify”) for reports of living pterosaurs in the United States. Before getting into details about…

Ropen Pterosaur Seen by Hodgkinson and Hennessy

The American Duane Hodgkinson and the Australian Brian Hennessy have something in common: They have seen, in daylight, in Papua New Guinea, a huge long-tailed featherless flying creature. In the blog Live Pterosaurs, “Hodgkinson-Hennessy Ropen,” we read: The cryptid seen in New Guinea, by Duane Hodgkinson in 1944 and by Brian Hennessy in 1971, I…