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Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs

04/05/14 through 01/04/15

The American Museum of Natural History

200 Central Park West Map

212-769-5100

Official Web Site

05-04-2014 12:00:00 04-01-2015 12:00:00 America/New_York Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs Discover a world where pterosaurs soared overhead in this exciting new exhibition. A diverse group with more than 150 known species ranging from the size of a sparrow to that of a fighter jet, pterosaurs appeared 220 million years ago and survived for more than 150 million years before becoming extinct. What sets them apart from their dinosaur contemporaries is their adaptation for flying, a unique trait visitors will explore through multiple interactive exhibits. Visitors can also investigate pterosaur models, casts, and fossils and find out how these extraordinary ancient vertebrates moved on land and in the air, how they hunted, and what scientists are discovering about them today. Visitors will also glimpse the pterosaurs' ancient world in a dramatic diorama re-creating an inland sea in Brazil where pterosaurs, fishes, crocodiles, and other species co-existed millions of years ago. http://www.cityguideny.com/eventinfo.cfm?id=156211 The American Museum of Natural History The American Museum of Natural History

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Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs explores the world of these extraordinary flying reptiles, the first back-boned animals to evolve powered flight. As long as dinosaurs walked the Earth, pterosaurs—ranging from the size of a sparrow to that of a small airplane—ruled the skies until they went extinct 66 million years ago.

Pterosaurs will highlight the latest research by Museum scientists and leading paleontologists around the world. It will feature rare pterosaur fossils from Germany, the United States, and Brazil as well as casts, life-size models, videos, and interactive exhibits that immerse visitors in the mechanics of pterosaur flight.

Visitors will experience the principles of aerodynamics in an interactive virtual wind tunnel; and have the chance to “pilot” a flying pterosaur over a prehistoric landscape—complete with forest, sea, and volcano—in a whole-body interactive exhibit that uses motion-sensing technology. As a contrast to this pterosaur-eye view, an immersive diorama will show a detailed re-creation of a dramatic Cretaceous seascape near present-day Santana, Brazil: Thalassodromeus pterosaurs swooping down to catch the unsuspecting fish below.

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