Formidable Flyer

At 25 feet long with a 35-foot wingspan, the pterosaur Quetzalcoatlus northropi rivals a small airplane in size and is one of the the largest winged animals to ever have lived.

Reconstructed from fossil bones discovered in Texas, our life-sized model demonstrates what it would have been like seeing these enormous flying reptiles swoop and dive overheard. Step onto the bridge over the West Atrium for a closer look directly into its eye…if you're feeling brave!

Read more about this prehistoric flying reptile and the installation of museum's reconstruction model.

The Quetzalcoatlus exhibit was made possible, in part, through the generosity of Saroj and Jagdish Janveja, and Robin and Douglas Richstone.