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Exhibition: Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs at the Museum of Nature—until 09.02.19

By Hannah Manning on August 15, 2019



It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a pterosaur! Until September 2, visitors can learn about the flying reptiles who soared the skies for 150 million years in Pterosaur: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs. Neither bird nor dinosaur, pterosaurs were the first animals after insects to evolve powered flight. There are dozens of species ranging in size from as small as a paper airplane to as large as a fighter jet. Some were feathered, others had colourful crests.

Crests on display

Before heading to the Pterosaur exhibition, you should stop by the Museum’s dinosaur collection and remind yourself of the sheer size and weight of those prehistoric beasts. You’ll be surprised at how similar yet different the pterosaurs are. Their lightweight bones are much more delicate than those of a dinosaur, but with their toothy smiles and fierce claws, it’s easy to see a resemblance.

The largest pterosaur known to date hangs above visitors

Throughout the exhibition, you can learn about the many different types of pterosaurs. A full-size model of the 10m wingspan Quetzalcoatlus northropi—the largest pterosaur known to date—hangs above visitors. At the entrance don’t miss the tiny little pterosaur that is so small it looks like a toy replica.

Crested pterosaurs dive for fish

This is the Canadian premiere of the special exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and features fossils, casts, and life-sized models. There’s even a motion sensor-based interactive screen that allows you to use your body to fly like a pterosaur. The exhibition is only in town for a few more weeks, so don’t miss your chance to see the pterosaurs before they fly away.

Visitors have until September 2, 2019 to check out the Pterosaur exhibition at the Museum of Nature (240 McLeod Street). Admission to the museum is free on Thursdays, but there is an additional fee to visit to Pterosaurs: $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, students and children. Visit the Museum of Nature’s website for all the details.