Whether an eyewitness says "pterodactyl" or "flying dinosaur" or "prehistoric bird," that person is often shocked to see something that "should not" have been seen, at least if the sighting was in a Western country. In a third world country like Papua New Guinea, an eyewitness might say "duwas" or "seklo-bali" or "indava," and neighbors would only think that person unlucky . . . not crazy.
The most common word known worldwide, for modern living pterosaurs, may be "ropen." Technically, the origin of "ropen" is from the natives of Umboi Island (Siasi, Papua New Guinea) who speak the local village language of Kovai. In Western countries, the word refers to a long-tailed featherless flying creature that appears to be neither a bird nor a bat.
Statistics of Pterosaur Sightings
According to data that I, Jonathan Whitcomb, compiled at the end of 2012:
Statistical analysis of the data from 128 sightings reveals that the reports could not, as a whole, have been influenced in any significant degree by hoaxes. This comes from three independent criteria:
From the Preface of the Kindle book:
"You will here find reports of encounters with apparent living pterosaurs, including many accounts never before published in any book. Other sighting reports are condensed from the print book Searching for Ropens. The ebook you are now examining is neither exhaustive nor rudimentary, but it explains most of what most Australians, and others, need to know about what might, on rare occasions, fly over their heads at night."
"I don’t know how to say this any other way except that I have seen these very large birds that don’t even come close to looking like anything else I’ve ever seen. I believe them to be Pterosaurs or something similar to them. Yes, I know it sounds crazy, and I know they went extinct a log time age, but the fact remains that I have seen three of these birds in the past year and a half. . . ."
"If you have seen a living pterosaur, you are not alone. This blog is to help you gain understanding about your sighting by comparing it with others' experiences."
"Two sightings of living pterosaurs were reported in December, 2012, for the state of Georgia. One of the reports came from David Schroder . . ."