May 8, 2024 - News

The Science Museum of Virginia's new massive prehistoric flying animal

A giant dinosaur looking bird

That's one big bird. Image: Courtesy of the Science Museum of Virginia

The Science Museum of Virginia last week unveiled a 750-pound sculpture of a Quetzalcoatlus that's now hanging from the ceiling.

Why it matters: The prehistoric reptile that lived among dinosaurs — but wasn't actually a dinosaur — is the largest flying animal known to exist.

Zoom (way) in: The Quetzalcoatlus (pronounced ket-zel-co-WAT-luss) lived between 70 and 66 million years ago and weighed around 500 pounds.

a giant eyeball on a reptile
The stuff of nightmares. Image: Courtesy of the Science Museum of Virginia

To celebrate the massive addition, the museum is hosting a family-friendly Science After Dark: Prehistoric Party on Friday from 5-8pm.

  • Adult tickets are $17.50, and the event includes hands-on, prehistoric-themed activities.
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