Happy Birthday, Mary Anning! Born on May 21, 1799, in Lyme Regis, on the coast of Dorset, England, famed fossil-hunter Mary Anning grew up collecting specimens.
A few years ago, paleontologist Alexander Kellner examined a fossil that turned out to be the bones of a 27-foot-wingspan pterosaur, Tropeognathus mesembrinus. A model of the pterosaur is on display in the Pterosaurs exhibition, now open.
The incredible diversity of pterosaurs is perhaps best expressed in one of the prehistoric flying reptile’s most intriguing and mysterious features: the head crest.
Birds do it, bees do it—but how did pterosaurs fly? A video explains more.