torsdag den 11. november 2010

Ropen (Cryptozoology)


Today it is Thursday and you know what that means. It’s time for yet another cryptid creature, here is the Ropen!

Pterodactyls or pterosaurs have been extinct for as long as the dinosaurs, about 65 milion years (No pterosaurs aren’t dinosaurs). Yet an interesting fact is that natives in Papua New Guinea have long claimed that a featherless flying bird with a long tail is part of the fauna and some westerners have even reported seeing the creature for at least half a century

The natives say the creature is nocturnal and very rarely seen. When it is spotted it is usually because of a strange light it emits allegedly to attract fish. This is an interesting fact because even though the Ropen may resemble some sort of pterosaur no fossil evidence has been found that suggests the creatures had the ability to emit light to attract prey like for example some deep sea fish do. But the flying fiend is reported to have a diet consisting of more than just fish. Some reports speak of ropens that have desecrated graves and eaten the buried humans.

Papua New Guinea is called the lost world by many scientists because of the many new species found every year in the hugely unexplored jungles and it’s not just small insects we’re talking about here, it’s also mammals, reptiles and birds. What could people be seeing for all these years? Misidentified birds or bats? It seems unlikely because some Ropen sightings talk of a creature that is just too big, and what bat or bird emits light? Could it be an unknown species of the 2 aforementioned? A new species altogether? Or could a small population of pterosaurs really have remained hidden from modern science for this long?

54 kommentarer:

  1. I doubt they could stay hidden that long.. but you never know.

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  2. I love dinosaurs!
    this is an interesting article! cant wait for more!

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  3. very interesting post, new follower

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  4. man those things must have been enormous!

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  5. cool, it would be fun to see one

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  6. That would be nuts if the Ropen is still around...awesome post.

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  7. I love this blog...monsters where a fascination of my for a long time.

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  8. Dinosaurs are some badass creatures!

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  9. I've seen one of these things in real life lol

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  10. This one is completely new to me. Good post. Hope your night goes well.

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  11. awhh hell yeah i love this monster

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  12. Looks like an animal from Avatar!

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  13. I've heard about this, people claiming that it still active today, doubtful though.

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  14. thats pretty nuts that dinosaurs could be there hiding deep in the rainforest.

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  15. hard to believe these existed! very intriguing

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  16. love dinosaurs too ! thanks for the post :)

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  17. Freaky looking! Very cool, wish I could bump into one.

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  18. whoa holy crap man! that thing is a scary monster.

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  19. I wonder if it actually exists.

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  20. DINOSAUR!!!! I LOVE THEM SO FREAKIN MUCH!!!

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  21. That's crazy! Great design. Kinda weird to think things like that were around at one time.

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  22. I somehow doubt these still exist, but who knows...

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  23. I never thought about it that way

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  24. good post, can't wait for more

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  25. such a beast...i wanna see it in reallife :P hehe

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  26. interesting stuff, I'll check back tomorrow

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  27. "That's my mother in law." haha

    Anyone play joust? I remember this guy from the game

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  28. tslocum:
    Yeah, good old Joust :P

    Thanks for all your nice comments guys!

    SvarSlet