9 Minutes from Manhattan
90 million years back in time

 
 

FALL HOURS

SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS
10a - 6p

 Also open 9/25 and 10/13




 

 

Meet our Paleontologists

What does it take to be a vertebrate paleontologist?


Learn More


 

Rules & Manners

 

Dinosaur Etiquette 


    Learn more

QUETZALCOATLUS-


< Back to All Dinosaurs
 

FAST FACTS

PERIOD: CRETACEOUS
LENGTH: 36 FT
WEIGHT: 550 LBS

How do you say it?

KWET-zal-kah-AT-lus

Discovery:

When:       1971
Where:      Alberta Canada 
By Who:    Douglas A. Lawson
 

Fun Facts:

The necks of the Quetzalcoatlus could not bend side to side, however their long toothless beaks were useful in swooping up pray such as fish and terrestial animals. 

Quetzalcoatlus have fore and hind limb proportions more similar to modern running ungulate mammals, meaning they were uniquely suited to walking on land. 


Building

How do we know how to reassemble dinosaur skeletons?

Many people often think that it must be very difficult to put dinosaur skeletons back together; after all, the bones (the ones that aren't missing), are almost always scattered, damaged, and incomplete. Plus, every skeleton originally had well over 100 bones, with many different shapes and sizes. 

Actually, the task of reassembling dinosaur bones isn't as difficult as it seems. With a little bit of study in anatomy and osteology (the study of bones), and a lot of practice, anyone can see that the skeletons of all vertebrate animals (those with backbones) are remarkably alike. Nearly every bone in your body has a very similar bone in all dinosaurs, and they all have similar functions and arrangements. Every dinosaur had a femur, fibula, and tibia (leg bones), a humerus, radius, and ulna (arm bones), phalanges (finger and toe bones), and vertebrae (back bones), just like you do.