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Published on Mar 4, 2014
They flew with their fingers. They walked on their wings. Some were gigantic, while others could fit in the palm of a hand. Millions of years ago, the skies were ruled by pterosaurs, the first animals with backbones to fly under their own power. In the new exhibition Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs, rare fossils, life-size models, and hands-on interactives bring these ancient animals to life.
Step back in time to see pterosaurs, including giants such as Tropeognathus mesembrinus,with a wingspan of more than 25 feet, and find out how they moved on land and in the air. Get a first-hand look at the rare pterosaur fossils that have helped paleontologists learn all that we know about these animals. In a virtual flight lab, use your body to pilot a pterosaur over a prehistoric landscape. Encounter the exceptional creatures that flew in the age of dinosaurs.
Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs is on view from April 5, 2014, through January 4, 2015. Learn more about the exhibition at http://www.amnh.org/pterosaurs.
Music: "Evergreen Scene" by Benjamin Vella and Barney Freeman/ Warner Chappell Production Music
Sound Effects: digifishmusic "Electric Bug" and "Fly By Whip" by Robert Dudzic/ Warner Chappell Production Music "Aircraft Grippen 2 Fly Over" by Fontana Sound Effects/ Warner Chappell Production Music
Illustration: AMNH/Department of Exhibition AMNH/Raúl Martín E. Newman J. G. Wagler
Photography: AMNH/C. Chesek Courtesy of Alexander Kellner