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Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs

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. 

Pterosaurs are neither birds nor bats, but flying reptiles that lived from about 220 and 66 million years ago. Though close cousins of dinosaurs, they evolved on a separate branch of a reptile family tree.

Incredible new fossil discoveries are revealing surprising clues about the diversity of pterosaurs, their unique wing-finger anatomy, and their capabilities for flight and locomotion.

See life-size models of pterosaurs overhead, and inspect rare fossils and casts. Explore the science of flight through digital and physical interactive games. Video interviews with leading pterosaur scientists and experts reveal how and what they’ve learned about these creatures. A rich diorama of a prehistoric Brazilian inland sea brings a pterosaur habitat to life, and invites visitors to discover how pterosaurs lived, fed, and ultimately became fossils. 

Exhibition Information

Venue Gallery Size:

6,000 – 8,000 ft2

(550 – 750 m2)


Venue Ceiling Height:

12 ft recommended

(3.6 m)


Conservation & Security Requirements:






Standard Rental Length:

16 weeks


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