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The Exhibition

Discover their world

Immerse yourself in this interactive exhibition and explore the remarkable diversity of pterosaur species. Travel back in time and take off with these prehistoric kings of the air who ruled the skies during the time dinosaurs dominated the land. Discover the mysterious world of pterosaurs in this exciting exhibition where you can explore hands-on interactive apps, see rare fossils, walk under life-size models, and soar through the skies over prehistoric landscapes as you pilot your own pterosaur in the Virtual Flight Lab.

L.A. skies will never be the same when Pterosaurs takes flight at NHM.

Explore Pterosaurs

What is a Pterosaur?

Pterosaur is pronounced ter•UH•sor. These extraordinary creatures are flying reptiles that flourished 66 to 220 million years ago. They flew with their fingers. They walked on their wings. Some were gigantic; others could fit in the palm of your hand.

How Did Pterosaurs Fly?

Millions of years ago the skies were ruled by pterosaurs, the first animals after insects able to fly. Imagine looking up at the sky to see a pterosaur as big as an F-16 fighter jet flying through the air. Though close cousins of dinosaurs, they had streamlined bodies, narrow jaws, and long forelimbs adapted for life in the air.

Take an Inside Look

Pterosaurs are making their way across the country and this summer they will be soaring to L.A. Get an inside look into the amazing world of pterosaurs and learn how you can fly like one when you come see the exhibition.

Pterosaurs of all sizes

Pterosaurs all had the same basic body plan, but varied dramatically in size. Some were as small as a bird, while others were as large as a plane.

Preondactylus pree•on•DAK•til•us

When: 220 million years ago

Where: Near an inland sea in what is now northern Italy

Food: Insects or fish

Wingspan: 18 inches

Preondactylus pree•on•DAK•til•us

When: 220 million years ago

Where: Near an inland sea in what is now northern Italy

Food: Insects or fish

Wingspan: 18 inches

Pterodaustro tair•o•DOW•stro

When: Around 100 million years ago

Where: Along the shores of lakes in what is now central Argentina

Food: Small arthropods (insects, spiders), crustaceans, and mollusks

Wingspan: About 8 feet

Pterodaustro tair•o•DOW•stro

When: Around 100 million years ago

Where: Along the shores of lakes in what is now central Argentina

Food: Small arthropods (insects, spiders), crustaceans, and mollusks

Wingspan: About 8 feet

Jeholopterus jeh•ho•le•OP

When: Around 130 million years ago

Where: A forest in what’s now northeastern China

Food: Probably insects

Wingspan: 3 feet

Jeholopterus jeh•ho•le•OP

When: Around 130 million years ago

Where: A forest in what’s now northeastern China

Food: Probably insects

Wingspan: 3 feet

Quetzalcoatlus ket•zel•KWAT•a•lus

When: Around 67 million years ago

Where: On a plain in what is now western Texas

Food: Possibly small vertebrates or carrion (dead animals)

Wingspan: Around 33 feet

Quetzalcoatlus ket•zel•KWAT•a•lus

When: Around 67 million years ago

Where: On a plain in what is now western Texas

Food: Possibly small vertebrates or carrion (dead animals)

Wingspan: Around 33 feet

Pteranodon ter•AN•o•don

When: Around 85 million years ago

Where: Over a large seaway covering what is now central North American

Food: Fish

Wingspan: Up to 20 feet

Pteranodon ter•AN•o•don

When: Around 85 million years ago

Where: Over a large seaway covering what is now central North American

Food: Fish

Wingspan: Up to 20 feet

Events

Dino Fest

Saturday, September 24 & Sunday, September 25

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Join us for our first ever Dino Fest to explore two days of all things dinosaur. Meet world-renowned paleontologists from the Museum and beyond, and hear first-hand what it’s like to discover and study these amazing animals. Catch a glimpse of rare specimens that aren’t usually on view, dig into hands-on activities, visit specialty exhibitors, and much more!

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Overnight Adventures: Extreme Flyers

September 2-3 & September 16-17

6:30pm - 9:00am

Join us for this limited time family-friendly sleepover and get to experience NHM's traveling exhibit Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs at night! Learn all about these high-flying reptiles, participate in fun activities, and sleepover at NHM.

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