This Week, Cryptozoologist Jonathon David Whitcomb joins the guys to discuss some flying cryptids.
About the Guest:
Since his expedition in Papua New Guinea in 2004, Whitcomb has received many emails and occasional phone calls from ordinary persons who have seen extraordinary animals: apparent pterosaurs. On August 18, 2008, he received a phone call from a man in England, a plane pilot who recently had a near-collision with a large creature flying 6500 feet above the sea, 150 miles from Bali, Indonesia. After email interviews with the pilot and copilot, Whitcomb did not come to any firm conclusion about the creature except that they might have witnessed a giant ropen, a long-tailed flying creature often witnessed in Papua New Guinea. Few cryptozoologists have any significant experience with eyewitness testimonies of the ropen. Whitcomb is one of the few: a modern pterosaur expert. Since early 2004, he has written over one thousand blog posts and countless other web pages on living pterosaurs: mostly analysis of eyewitness reports, replies to critics, and answers to common questions. He has also written three nonfiction books and a paper in a peer-reviewed journal of science. Although most of his web pages are in English, a few are in Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and Hungarian. Direct eyewitness reports have come from Australia, Africa, Europe, North America, and islands of the southwest Pacific; he has also encountered indirect reports including some from South America. He has been on broadcast radio talk shows and was interviewed by a Polish cryptozoological society editor. He was consulted by both the Destination Truth and MonsterQuest production teams before their expeditions in Papua New Guinea. Wikipedia’s definition of “ropen” is taken from Whitcomb’s nonfiction book Searching for Ropens. His promotion of the concept of modern living pterosaurs has been mentioned in a number of newspapers, including an issue of the Houston Chronicle.
Latest book - 'Modern Pterosaurs - Human Encounters With Living Pterodactyls"
http://modernpterosaurs.blogspot.com/ - one of most recent links
http://www.modernpterosaur.com/ - one of most recent links