LDS Scientist
Copyright 2010 Jonathan Whitcomb
Introduction to the Case for an Extant Pterosaur
Scientific Paper Published
Jonathan David Whitcomb, an L.D.S. scientist in Utah, investigates reports of living pterosaurs, worldwide
Four Key Sightings
In    the    southwest    Pacific,    four sightings     are     a     key     to     the credibility    of    the    concept    of    a species      of      large      long-tailed pterosaur    living    in    that    part    of the   world.   The   Hodgkinson   and Hennessy    sightings    are    two    of those     four,     a     good     place     to begin. Both   of   these   eyewitnesses   have given    their    real    names    to    the public.   Both   have   high   honesty- credibility         regarding         their professions,     with     no     obvious reason    for    either    of    them    to maintain    a    lie    for    many    years. Both     saw     a     large     long-tailed flying   creature,   with   no   apparent probability               of               any misidentification   of   any   bird   or bat.   Neither   eyewitness   seems   to have   taken   an   extreme   position insisting       on       a       featherless condition    of    the    creatures,    but they   have   maintained   that   there were no feathers apparent.
Photo by Kevin Eddy
Pterosaur Sighting by a Psychologist: Hennessy
Let’s    begin    with    a    brief    quotation from      a      press      release      about      an Australian     psychologist,     Mr.     Brian Hennessy,    who    gave    his    eyewitness report   of   a   1971   sighting   he   had   on Bougainville Island, New Guinea:   One   morning   on   Bougainville   Island, (now   part   of   the   nation   of   Papua   New Guinea),   on   a   dirt   road   leading   down to   the   coast,   Hennessy   heard   a   slow “flapping”    and    looked    up    to    see    a “very   big”   creature   with   a   “horn”   at the   back   of   its   head.   It   had   a   “longish narrow   tail,”   and   there   was   “not   a feather in sight.” [1971 sighting] .    .    .    Whitcomb    was    fascinated    by similarities        between        Hennessy’s description   of   a   “prehistoric   looking” creature   and   a   World   War   II   veteran’s description       of       a       “pterodactyl” reported   500   miles   to   the   west,   near Finschhafen,     Papua     New     Guinea, decades     before.     In     1944,     Duane Hodgkinson,   now   a   flight   instructor   in Montana,    saw    a    giant    “prehistoric” creature   flying   over   a   jungle   clearing where    he    and    his    army    buddy    were about to walk across.
Jonathan   Whitcomb   on   Umboi   Island, Papua New Guinea,  (2004 expedition)
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Brian Hennessy of Australia
Duane Hodgkinson, plane pilot and flight instructor
The   following   text   excerpts   are taken    from    “Reports    of    Living Pterosaurs     in     the     Southwest Pacific”       (Creation       Research Society    Quarterly,    Volume    45, Winter    of    2009,    by    Jonathan David Whitcomb). Brian Hennessy’s sighting in New Guinea: .     .    .    On    Bougainville    Island, PNG,   in   1971,   he   saw   what   he described     as     a     “prehistoric” creature    flying    possibly    about “50   m”   (164   ft)   above   him.   It was   black   or   dark   brown   .   .   .   Its wingspan   was   “at   least   2   m   [6.6 ft],   probably   more   .   .   .   possibly much   much   more.   .   .   .   There   was a    clear    line    running    from    the ‘beak’   to   the   back   of   the   head where    the    ‘line’    continued    to protrude.”   When      asked      if      there      “was anything   coming   out   the   back   of the   head—whether   classified   as a    crest,    appendage,    horn,    or comb,”   he   replied,   “It   was   like   a horn.”    When    asked    about    the tail,   he   answered,   “As   far   as   I can recall, straight.”   I     gave     Hennessy     a     set     of sketches,    and    his    choices    were remarkably   similar   to   the   results of     my     survey     examination     of Duane Hodgkinson. Duane    Hodgkinson’s    sighting in 1944 (in clear daylight): He   and   an   army   friend   were   in   a jungle        clearing        west        of Finschhafen   (then   New   Guinea) in    1944    .    .    .    when    something “huge”   took   off   into   the   air   from the   far   side   of   the   clearing.   The creature   ran   to   their   left,   taking six   to   ten   steps   to   get   airborne   .   . .   It     then     disappeared     over     the dense    brush    but    soon    returned and     flew     over     the     clearing, presenting   a   “perfect   side   view” of     its     features     before     again flying out of view.   He   estimated   the   legs   to   be   3–4 ft   (1–1.2   m)   long.   The   top   of   the back    was    5–6    ft    (1.5–1.8    m) above    the    ground    just    before takeoff.   Although     he     did     not     notice details   of   the   tail,   he   estimated   it was   “at   least”   10–15   ft   (3–4.6 m) long.   He   compared   the   wingspan   to   a Piper Tri-Pacer airplane . . .   The     length     of     the     head,     not counting     the     appendage,     was about   3–4   ft   (1–1.2   m),   similar to    the    length    of    the    neck.    An appendage   protruding   from   the head,   above   the   neck,   was   about half that length . . .
The American cryptozoologist Jonathan David Whitcomb of the Murray North (Utah) stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Whitcomb Interviews Duane Hodgkinson & Brian Hennessy
“I   questioned   Brian   Hennessy   by email,    in    2006,    and    eventually became    convinced    that    he    had witnessed,    in    1971,    the    same kind   of   flying   creature   seen   by Duane   Hodgkinson   in   1944.   My interviews   with   the   World   War   II veteran    were    more    substantial, for     they     began     in     2004     and continued   in   2005   and   in   2006. Most           of           our           many communications   were   by   emails and telephone. “I    gave    both    of    them    survey images     including     a     set     for estimating     the     sizes     and     the positions   and   shapes   for   aspects of    the    head.    The    head-sketch survey     form     that     I     give     to Hodgkinson   was   not   identical   to the   one   given   to   Hennessy   but   it was    similar,    and    the    result    is noteworthy:   a   clear   similarity   in the   head   of   the   flying   creatures, according   to   the   memories   of   the two eyewitnesses.”
Top     image     chosen     by     Brian Hennessy;   bottom   image   chosen by Duane Hodgkinson “My   associate   Garth   Guessman interviewed   Mr.   Hodgkinson   in person,   in   2005,   and   the   session was   videotaped   and   published   on Youtube:        “Ropen-Pterodactyl American    Eyewitness.”    As    of late    2012,    it    has    been    viewed over    300,000    times,    far    more popular   than   the   average   video on Youtube. “My   associates   and   I   believe   that the     flying     creatures     seen     by these      two      eyewitnesses      are related   to   (and   possibly   the   same species   as)   the   nocturnal   creature called   “ropen”   on   Umboi   Island, Papua   New   Guinea.   We   believe that    it    is    a    Rhamphorhynchoid   pterosaur,   notwithstanding   years of   extinction   indoctrination,   and notwithstanding      smaller   sizes   of fossils      of      those      long-tailed pterosaurs,    and    notwithstanding few    of    the    Rhamphorhynchoid   fossils show a head crest.”
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Patty Carson, now living in California witnessed one of the flying creatures that are now called “Gitmo Pterosaurs.”
Sketch drawn by the eyewitness Patty Carson
Native eyewitness Gideon Koro describes to Whitcomb the big ropen that flew down to a lake on Umboi Island in daylight