• Pterosaurs Crest Gallery
    A gallery display illustrates the incredible variety of pterosaur crests—from a dagger-shaped blade that juts from the head to a giant, sail-like extension. ©AMNH/D. Finnin
  • Pterosaurs Virtual Wind Tunnel
    Visitors experiment with the principles of pterosaur aerodynamics in an interactive virtual wind tunnel that responds to the movements of their hands. ©AMNH/D. Finnin
  • Pterosaurs-Quetzalcoatlus Model
    A full-size model of the 33-foot-wingspan Quetzalcoatlus northropi—the largest pterosaur known to date—hangs above visitors in the Flight Lab section of the exhibition. ©AMNH/D. Finnin
  • Fly like a Pterosaur
    Visitors can “pilot” a flying pterosaur over a prehistoric landscape in a whole-body interactive exhibit that uses motion-sensing technology. ©AMNH/D. Finnin
  • Pterosaurs Inspection Scopes
    Pterosaurs developed unique adaptations for flight, including thin, hollow bones. Two inspection scope stations invite visitors to compare pterosaur bones with those of a dinosaur, a reptile, a mammal, and a bird. ©AMNH/D. Finnin

Plan a field trip to take advantage of this visiting exhibition. Who doesn't love ancient flying creatures?

Pterosaurs Exhibit Opens May 19, 2017

Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs

For as long as dinosaurs walked the Earth, flying animals called pterosaurs ruled the skies. Not birds, not bats, not dinosaurs—these extraordinary winged reptiles adapted for life in the air and were the first vertebrates to evolve powered flight.

In this revealing new exhibit, opening May 19, 2017, explore rare fossils and discover the amazing diversity and evolution of these ancient creatures. Walk beneath a life-size model of the largest animal to ever navigate the skies and marvel at its colossal size. View a fabulous array of real pterosaur skulls alongside colorful illustrations of head crests. “Soar” through the sky and virtual prehistoric landscapes within a “Fly like a Pterosaur” interactive.

When Should I Plan a Field Trip?

Pterosaurs will be on display through 2017, so you can

  • bring your class in June (May field trips are sold out...)
  • visit this summer if you teach at a year-round school or work at a youth-serving organization, or
  • wait to bring next year's students in the fall!

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