What an affront to modern science! Fire-breathing dragons of ancient myth are actually modern pterosaurs? But consider detailed descriptions from eyewitnesses, for recent reports do not mention fire-breathing but simply glowing. Since nothing in pterosaur fossils can easily enlighten us about bioluminescence, let’s look at modern eyewitness reports.
Bioluminescent fireflies, those are hardly new, just tiny insects, so how do they relate to reports of giant Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaurs of Papua New Guinea? Fireflies remind us of the wonderful potential characteristics that living organisms can display, including the capability of glowing. If insects can glow, why not larger organisms?
Late in 2006, in a remote mountainous area of the mainland of Papua New Guinea, Paul Nation (American explorer and cryptozoologist) videotaped two lights that were sitting on the top of a nearby ridge. After Paul had returned to the United States, I interviewed him and had a digital copy of his video sent to the physicist Cliff Paiva, who analyzed it and made a report. The lights were not made by meteors, nor by an airplane, nor by car headlights, nor by camp fires, nor by flashlights, nor by camera artifacts. They were truly mysterious lights. Unfortunately, the video was recorded by a standard video camera, so the brightness of the lights obscurred what had created them. Nevertheless, it was physical evidence that supported the many reports of flying lights in Papua New Guinea, and some eyewitnesses of the flying lights have been close enough to distinguish what created them: large flying creatures.