Copyright 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014  Jonathan David Whitcomb
Eunice, a school teacher’s wife, described to Carl Baugh an  attempted grave robbery. One night, in April of 1993, near the  northwest coast of Umboi Island, after a large funeral procession  arrived at the burial location, a creature with a glowing red tail  came from the sea. (The tail was described like the glow from  burning embers.) About two hundred mourners were awake when  the creature flew overhead. The villagers banged pots and yelled,  whereupon the intruder flew into a nearby swamp and the light  disappeared.     Grave protection can fail. The missionary Jim Blume interviewed  an old man who described how, before wooden coffins became  popular, the deceased were wrapped in leaves. One night, after a  burial, the ropen approached, glowing brightly; the villagers tried  to stay awake to protect the grave, but the ropen stayed awake  longer: In the morning, the grave was empty. On Umboi Island, Paul Nation videotaped a middle-aged man, one  night, who recited local legends. Darius declared that the ropen is  like the “spirits of ancient times,” living on the mountain and  coming down to kill game for food. Although he flies around at  night or goes to the beach, he always returns to the mountain.  Darius explained that, although the ropen used to dig up the dead  and carry away the bodies to eat them, he does not do this  anymore. Ropen became “like a man,” with a flesh-and-bone body,  but he is still somewhat “like a spirit.” Brightly shining, he flies  with a tail that looks like it is on fire. (These islanders call glowing  embers “fire,” in contrast to the Western idea of an open flame.) I  later noticed that this recitation of local legends included spiritual  explanations, but the eyewitness accounts [which were more  common] included nothing spiritual.  
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Modern Pterosaurs review for second edition  of nonfiction book “Searching for Ropens:” “I can hardly put this book down. It is quite astonishing to read of creatures so large that they can lift a human up into the air or rob a corpse from a new grave. They even glow at night with bioluminescence. . . . This book is so refreshing. Jonathan Whitcomb is to be congratulated for giving us a glimpse of our world denied us by the wildlife 'experts' from western countries.” S. Lee "The General" (UK) - FIVE STARS
Hennessy - Eyewitness Woetzel Guessman
Nonfiction Books on Cryptids of the World
Priority: Sightings of Living Pterosaurs, Also Called “Pterodactyls” and “Ropens”
Excerpts, Chapter Two, Second Edition
Sketch by the eyewitness Eskin Kuhn
Searching for Ropens and Finding God, by Jonathan Whitcomb, was published in 2014
The second edition of the nonfiction “Searching for Ropens” (now in 4th edition)
Searching for Ropens
Third and fourth editions were retitled “Searching for Ropens and Finding God”
Another review for “Searching for Ropens:” “I bought this book some time ago expecting nothing but the typical, boring cryptozoology book. However, what I found was that it contains a wealth of INTERESTING informa- tion on a cryptid that until now, I had known relatively little about. Mr. Whitcomb's way of storytelling was captivating to say the least. His scientific procedures also impressed me.” J. Navarro - FIVE STARS
Scientific paper on modern pterosaurs - published in a peer-reviewed journal (author: Jonathan David Whitcomb)
Contributions of Garth Guessman and other cryptozoologists who have gone on expeditions in Papua New Guinea to search for modern living pterosaurs
Book written by Jonathan David Whitcomb
“Chronicles of Dinosauria,” by David Woetzel and Richard Dobbs, is not a cryptozoology book in the usual sense. It is in religious genre, but it relates to accounts of modern dinosaurs and pterosaurs
“Live Pterosaurs in Australia and in Papua New Guinea,” by Jonathan David Whitcomb, is in true cryptozoology genre. This digital book explains why pterosaurs are still living.
“Searching for Ropens and Finding God,” also  by Jonathan Whitcomb, has only occasional references to religion, notwithstanding the title. It reveals how American Christians have searched for living pterosaurs and have been strengthened in their abiding faith in God.