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Adapted for Flight: Pterosaurs (video)

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Birds do it, bees do it—but how did pterosaurs fly?

Watch this video to find out which adaptations allowed these reptiles, which became extinct about 66 million years ago, achieve the lift and thrust that defines powered flight. How could an animal as massive as Quetzalcoatlus, among the largest pterosaurs, launch into the air and take to the sky? 

Find out more in the current exhibition Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs—and make sure to try out interactive exhibits that delve into the mechanics of pterosaur flight.

Virtual Wind Tunnel 700.309

Visit the exhibition to experiment with principles of pterosaur aerodynamics in an interactive virtual tunnel.

© AMNH/D. Finnin

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