Pterosaurs: Extinct or Alive?
The extinction of all species of those "flying dinosaurs," the pterosaurs, is taken for granted; look at all those fossils! But what about all fossils in general? Most
of them are similar to biological organisms now
living. Why should every species of pterosaur
be extinct? The ropen of Papua New Guinea
seems as real as any cryptid. The long-tailed
ropen of Umboi Island still flies and glows,
apparently, over Gomlongon Village and
over Opai Village. Textbooks tell us of
extinction because of one philosophy,
not because of scientific evidences
for extinction. Consider the case
of life, not death: live pterosaurs.
What if they are now nocturnal?
Photograph: Forest Lawn Cemetary
Pterosaurs known from fossils are of two types:
long-tailed Rhamphorhynchoid and short-tailed
Pterodactyloid.  Biologists, with exceptions,
assume that Pterodactyloids replaced their
long-tailed cousins. But strange as it may
appear, eyewitnesses have seen fewer
pterosaur-like creatures with short
tails: Long tails dominate reports.
 And those reports are not of any
misidentified birds or of bats:
They also come not from any
hoax or number of hoaxes.
 is associated with
Big Foot or Nessie
of Loch Ness, usually.
But reports of pterosaurs
alive are also cryptozoological.
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