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Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs

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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.

Episode 1: What Is a Pterosaur?
http://youtu.be/VCr1aZ3AAwo

Episode 2: Why Are Pterosaur Fossils So Rare?
http://youtu.be/M-5C5R0zajI

Episode 3: Why Did Pterosaurs Have Crests?
http://youtu.be/HlxAxJnJe4I

Episode 4: How are Pterosaur Names Pronounced?
http://youtu.be/JKPYDGKdEzY

Episode 5: How Were Pterosaurs Adapted for Flight?
http://youtu.be/erwczioi9us

Episode 6: Meet the Paleontologists
http://youtu.be/1VukMb4yk5M

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VIDEO CREDITS:

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

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