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!

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