The extinct mollusks known as ammonites inhabited the planet for more than 300 million years—almost twice as long as dinosaurs—before disappearing in the mass extinction event more than 65 million years ago.
If you want to spoil budding paleontologists, says Alexander Kellner, co-curator of the new Pterosaurs exhibition, send them on their first dig to the Romualdo Formation in the Araripe Basin, in northeastern Brazil.
The powerful venom of the Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum), which is featured as one of the live species in The Power of Poison, has medicinal capabilities as well: one of its components has been used to develop a diabetes drug.
The elaborate-ness and size of pterosaurs’ crest peaked in species that lived during the Late Cretaceous period—from about 100 to 66 million years ago, after which pterosaurs became extinct. Watch a video about pterosaur crests to learn more.