An Exhilarating Exhibition Showcasing an Amazing Variety of Prehistoric Flying Reptiles, How They Flew and Surprising Details from Fossils
The Center of Science and Industry (COSI), voted “#1 Science Museum in the Country,” by USA Today’s 10Best, announced an exciting addition landing in the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) Special Exhibition Gallery, Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs on Saturday, October 15.
For as long as dinosaurs walked the Earth, flying animals called pterosaurs ruled the skies. They ranged from the size of a sparrow to that of a two-seater plan. As a close relative of dinosaurs, these extraordinary winged reptiles – the first back-boned animals to evolve powered flight, and the only vertebrates to develop this ability besides birds and bats – are the focus of the intriguing exhibition.
This larger-than-life exhibition was created by the minds at the American Museum of Natural History, widely admired as one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational and cultural institutions, and is the largest exhibition about these flying reptiles ever mounted in the United States. Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs highlights research by scientists and leading paleontologists around the world and features fossil casts of rare pterosaurs from Italy, Germany, China, The United States, the United Kingdom and Brazil, and includes life-size models, captivating videos and interactive exhibits that immerse visitors in the mechanics of pterosaur flight, including a motion sensor-based interactive that allows those who visit to use your body to “pilot” two species of pterosaurs through virtual, prehistoric landscapes.
The exhibition features dozens of casts and replicas of fossils from the American Museum of Natural History collection from museums around the world, including the cast of an unknown species of giant pterosaur unearthed in Romania in 2012 by scientists working in association with the American Museum of Natural History.
“Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs will be an exciting and powerful accompaniment to our AMNH Dinosaur Gallery when it opens in October,” said Dr. Frederic Bertley, president and CEO, COSI. “This partnership with the American Museum of Natural History continues to be an outstanding arrangement with the world’s best natural history museum, allowing us to showcase cutting-edge, world-class exhibitions for the Central Ohio community.”
“I think visitors to this exhibition will be most surprised by the staggering variation we see among pterosaurs. Not just variation in body shapes and in size of these fascinating animals, but also in the shape and size of the extravagant crests found of the heads of some of these creatures,” said Michael J. Novacek, senior vice president of science and curator in the Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History.
For more information around this exciting exhibition, please visit COSI.org/Pterosaurs.
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About the American Museum of Natural History (amnh.org)
The American Museum of Natural History, founded in 1869, is one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions. The Museum encompasses more than 40 permanent exhibition halls, including the Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals, which opened in 2021 – those in the Rose Center for Earth and Space and the Hayden Planetarium, as well as galleries for temporary exhibitions. The Museum’s scientists draw on a world-class research collection of more than 34 million artifacts and specimens, some of which are billions of years old, and on one of the largest natural history libraries in the world. Through its Richard Gilder Graduate School, the Museum grants the Ph.D. degree in Comparative Biology and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree, the only such free-standing, degree-granting programs at any museum in the United States. The Museum’s website, digital videos, and apps for mobile devices bring its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs to millions more around the world. Visit amnh.org for more information.