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Prehistoric flying reptiles descend on New York museum

Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 01:33

Apr. 2 - Largest flying vertebrates in Earth's history take to the air at The American History Museum. Jeanne Yurman reports.

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Many people have dreams of flying like birds. After visiting this exhibit, they may want to fly like pterosaurs. The American Museum of Natural History in New York City has dedicated a section of the museum to these scaly aviators. They were the first and largest vertebrates ever to take to the air explains the show's curator, Mark Norell. SOUNDBITE: Mark Norell, Curator of 'Pterosaurs Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs' and Chair of the Division of Paleontology, saying (English): "Some of them have wing spans up to ten meters across, which is a huge, huge animal. But as their own group, they're not related to birds, they're not related to bats. They're just a unique group of reptiles that are closely related to dinosaurs but aren't dinosaurs." Scientists believe pterosaurs were a very diverse lot spanning 150 species of different shapes and sizes, living on every continent for 150 million years. Their ability to fly is the exhibit's key focus. A couple of interactive features lets visitors feel as if they're soaring with the winged reptiles through the sky. SOUNDBITE: Mark Norell, Curator of 'Pterosaurs Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs' and Chair of the Division of Paleontology, saying (English): "We have an initial one that talks about the things that make up flight like lift and drag and thrust. After you've learnt about those, then you can go in and try those out on flying two different types of Pterosaurs. One you can soar and catch fish, the others you can chase cicadas through a very thick forest." Science buffs can catch these flapping beasts and a chance to take to the skies with them from April 5th through January 4th of next year.

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Prehistoric flying reptiles descend on New York museum

Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 01:33