Special Exhibition "Pterosaurs; Rulers of the Skies in the Age of Dinosaurs"

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Pterosaurs; Rulers of the Skies in the Age of Dinosaurs Outline

Reconstructed overall
structure of the
Quetzalcoatlus northropi

Solid State Aircraft
courtesy NASA

"Pterosaurs," were flying reptiles that lived approximately 150 million years along with other dinosaurs. Pterosaurs came in various sizes, from the size of a sparrow to the size of a small plane, and are unique in terms of their mysterious comb, big beak, and long fingers as these attributes are not seen with any other organisms alive today. Pterosaurs' unique and mysterious figure sometimes causes it to be referred to as the "Sky Monster." The recent development of improved analytical technology and from newly discovered fossils are beginning to solve mysteries such as their development and extinction, their habitat segregation with avian species as well as secrets regarding their aviation and ambulation.

This exhibition focuses on pterosaurs, mysterious "Rulers of the Skies in the Age of Dinosaurs." Starting with a structural reconstruction of an entire body and reconstructed living body model of the "Quetzalcoatlus northropi," (the world's largest pterosaur), this exhibition will also feature for the first time ever numerous valuable fossils found in Liaoning province, China.

This traveling exhibition has been displayed in Kitakyushu, Osaka, Nagasaki and is currently at the Nagoya site (March 20 - June 15, 2008 at Nagoya City Science Museum). Miraikan will be its final destination, and will be exhibited together with Miraikan's original new exhibition entitled "From the Research of Pterosaurs to the Flight Technology of the Next Generation." We will introduce several examples of next generation flight technology which originated from the research of pterosaurs such as the "Solid State Aircraft" which is an interplanetary probe that flies with artificial "muscles." NASA is conducting research on this aircraft which can flap its "wings" like a living creature.

June 28 (Sat.) - August 31 (Sun.), 2008
Opening Hours:
10:00 - 17:00 (Please enter at least 30 minutes before closing time.)
* Opening hours on Saturdays and Sundays during August will be 10:00 - 18:00: Opening hours during August 13 - 17 will be 10:00 - 20:00.
Closed: Every Tuesday (However, the display will be open during July 21 - August 31.)
Every Tuesday (However, the display will be open during July 21 - August 31.)
1F Exhibition Space, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
Admission Fees:
Adults: 1,300 yen, 18 years old and under: 900 yen/Groups (8 or more people): Adults: 1,200 yen, 18 years old and under: 800 yen
* Permanent Exhibition can also be viewed.
* Free admission for children who have not yet entered elementary school
The Asahi Shimbun Company/TV Asahi Corporation/SATV/National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
In association with:
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology/The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan/Embassy of the United States/Embassy of the People's Republic of China/Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education
Edited by:
Dr. David Unwin (University of Leicester)
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
2-41, Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0064
TEL: +81-3-3570-9151/FAX: +81-3-3570-9150

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