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E-mail from John Croft who lived in PNG for four years:
I have never seen or heard of such stories. I contacted a friend from Madang who said duwat was the name given to flying foxes in the area in one of the local languages. At sunset the flying foxes there frequently are seen as large flights heading out to sea. As they are at such a height they are still in sunlight whilst the ground is already in shadow. This gives them quite a radiant look.....
Flying Fox bat in Flight
It's likely that at least some southern hemisphere sightings of "pterosaurs" are explained by fruit bats. Some fruit bats such as "flying foxes" (shown at left) grow quite large (with wing spans over 4 feet across), and if seen in silhouette (which would be the case at night) can present a pterosaur-like profile, especially to nonscientific observers. Of course, no bats are known to be bioluminescent, or that have wing spans of 25 feet. Whitcomb, Baugh, and others insist that the locals are well aware of fruit bats and would have no trouble distinguishing them from pterosaurs. Whether or not that is so, without physical remains or at least credible photos, its difficult to put much confidence in these anecdotal reports.
Originally posted by SwampGas
It looks like a kite to me.
Researchers have unearthed the pterosaur, 2010. The Ropen (Demon-flyer) has terrified the people of Papua New Guinea for thousands of years, a monster of the skies that swoops down on its unsuspecting prey, often at night, and carries them off to its lair.
Originally posted by Titen-Sxull
reply to post by CaliLove310
Those images are clearly not the same animal as in the footage and are very likely fakes, possibly photoshopped...
The funniest thing about all this is even if this were a Pterosaur it still wouldn't be a dinosaur (pterosaurs were reptiles) and if it is indeed a bird than it IS a living dinosaur essentially since birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs.edit on 14-10-2010 by Titen-Sxull because: (no reason given)