Author of the Cryptozoology Book
Jonathan David Whitcomb of Southern California
Writing a book about live pterosaurs in the United
States of America was not what Jonathan Whitcomb
was thinking as he trudged up the jungle trail that
lead to Gomlongon Village, late in 2004. He was
there to videotape the ropen, a flying cryptid that
some eyewitnesses described like a pterosaur.
He had interviewed eyewitnesses of apparent
nocturnal pterosaurs before his expedition in Papua
New Guinea; but the seventeen credible natives he
interviewed in person, in that little-explored country,
convinced him even more: Some pterosaurs still live
in the southwest Pacific.
Whitcomb returned home to begin writing his first
nonfiction book: “Searching for Ropens.” During the
twelve months he spent writing that book, he also
wrote many web pages; the response was shocking:
Many eyewitnesses sent him emails, describing their
encounters with similar creatures in the United States
of America. The new author wrote another
cryptozoology book, “Live Pterosaurs in America,”
using those eyewitness accounts and his analysis.
Following detailed advice from Paul Nation
(a cryptozoologist from Texas who had
explored on Umboi Island, Papua New
Guinea), Whitcomb spent the first few
months of 2004 preparing to explore this
remote tropical island between Australia
and the Philippines.
Although he failed to see the nocturnal
flying creature himself, he interviewed
many natives who had seen the ropen. In
returning to the United States, Whitcomb
stopped in Cairns, Australia, and sent a
number of emails to Garth Guessman and
David Woetzel, who were about to go on
their own cryptozoological expedition.
From 2003 through 2010, Whitcomb
has written two editions of two non-
fiction books, one scientific paper in
a peer-reviewed journal of science,
and hundreds of web pages and
blog posts on the subject of many
sighting reports of featherless flying
creatures described like pterosaurs.
A number of cryptozoologists have
interviewed native eyewitnesses of
the ropen of Papua New Guinea. As
a forensic videographer, Whitcomb
was the first with any professional
background in the interviewing of
witnesses (Umboi Island, Papua New
Guinea, Sep-Oct, 2004).
Origin of this Cryptozoology Book
Copyright 2010, 2011 Jonathan David Whitcomb
Near Gomlongon Village,
Umboi Island, PNG