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July 7, 2017
Discover Pterosaurs at the California Academy of Sciences

Discover Pterosaurs at the California Academy of Sciences

The Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs exhibition has ended; please visit California Academy of Sciences for current information.

Journey through the Mesozoic era with the largest flying animals that ever lived with Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs, on view through Jan. 7, 2018 at the California Academy of Sciences.

For 150 million years, flying reptiles called pterosaurs ruled the skies. As the first vertebrates to fly under their own power, pterosaurs are evolutionary all-stars, with some sporting wingspans the size of small airplanes. Until they went extinct 66 million years ago, more than 150 striking species of pterosaurs circled the globe, leaving tantalizing traces of their existence on every continent.

About the Exhibit

In Pterosaurs, discover the world of these creatures, neither bird nor dinosaur - some with 33-foot wingspans, technicolor crests, or fuzzy coats. Examine fossils that can reveal the mysteries of these flying reptiles, from what they ate to what they may have looked like, to how they evolved powered flight. Walk beneath a life-size model of the largest animal to ever navigate the skies. Marvel at the amazing diversity of pterosaurs with real fossilized skulls alongside colorful illustrations of what scientists think they may have looked like, including a cast of the first known fossil pterosaur egg. And investigate examples of flamboyant crests, some with multi-colored mohawks and dagger-shaped blades, to ponder what purpose they might have served.

Go even more interactive and experience what it may have been like to fly like a pterosaur in a whole-body movement simulator, where you can pick one of three species of flying pterosaurs to virtually soar through the sky and the obstacles of a prehistoric landscape.

Throughout the summer, the Academy will present a variety of programs that help bring Pterosaurs to life through additional hands-on activities and crafts, storytelling, and more. Be sure to check out the daily calendar.

And, don't forget that during the Academy's after-hours, adults 21+ NightLife, the exhibit takes on a unique aspect as the museum transforms into a lively venue filled with science, music and cocktails.

Ticket Information

The California Academy of Sciences is centrally located within Golden Gate Park. Admission to Pterosaurs is included with general admission, which can be purchased on-site or online here. For more information, please visit the Academy online.

Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York ( and is on view through January 7, 2018.