New Book on Living Pterodactyls

Searching for Ropens and Finding God says little about religion but a lot about how persons of various faiths have contributed to the early stages of a wonderful scientific discovery: modern non-extinct pterosaurs. The Introduction of the book explains, “Yet this is not mainly about religion, not in the usual sense. It’s less likely to take you to church than into the lives of ordinary persons who have encountered extraordinary flying creatures, and into the lives of Christians who have risked their health, even their lives, in searching for living pterosaurs.”

4th edition, front cover: Searching for Ropens and Finding God


Nonfiction book by Jonathan Whitcomb (fourth edition)


Part of the Book Description (subject to revision after April 17, 2014)

Fly above common true-life adventures as you dive into what may become the most unsettling scientific  discovery since Copernicus and Galileo: Living pterosaurs of the modern world—what a discovery!

It soars above disputes about religion, revealing why an official discovery of an extraordinary animal has been delayed for so long. Above all, this explores human experiences—of eyewitnesses and those who interviewed them. People have become connected by common encounters; persons of various faiths, with various levels of education, from various countries and cultures, have seen a living pterosaur, commonly called “pterodactyl.”

Notwithstanding the delay in the official scientific discovery, eyewitnesses from around the world continue to encounter these flying creatures: featherless, long-tailed, often larger than any known bird.

A few Americans explored a few islands in the southwest Pacific, in brief expeditions scattered between 1993 and 2007, looking for a modern pterosaur. “Creationist” each man was labeled, yet many of those following them carried no religious purpose.

Eyewitnesses of “Pterodactyls”

The first paragraph of the first chapter explains where the author got the idea of extant “pterodactyls.”

It looked like a dead pterodactyl: not fossil bones but with skin, like it had died recently. Could those creatures, non-extinct, still fly? Although I could not verify the photo was genuine, the idea within that image in a soon-forgotten book would be awakened four decades later, to plunge me into the most dramatic adventure of my life: exploring a remote tropical island, searching for giant living pterosaurs.

The book includes the sighting report by a World War II veteran: Duane Hodgkinson

I was stationed in Finschhafen, New Guinea, with the U.S. military. While there, I made several trips into some of the surrounding native villages with a friend of mine and a native guide (provided by the Australian government). On this one particular trip, we had the wonderful opportunity to witness a pterodactyl take off from the ground and then circle back overhead and to the side, giving us a perfect side view which clearly showed the long beak and appendage protruding from the back of its head . . .

Basic Book Information

List Price: $17.50
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
360 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1502865526
ISBN-10: 1502865521
BISAC: Religion / Religion & Science

Fourth edition (first two titles were “Searching for Ropens”)



A different book:

New Cryptozoology Book: Pterosaurs in Australia [not the above; a different book, in Kindle digital format]

FREE online download of a pdf book