PROJECT AIMS


We aim to design and construct a full-scale, flyable, realistic replica of Anhanguerra Piscator, a  5 meter wingspan pterodactyloid pterosaur that lived 110 Million years ago. Our goal is to honor paleontological data as best as known and as best as possible.

Pterodactyloid pterosaurs of the Cretaceous Period, such as Anhanguera piscator, were sophisticated flyers with a large wingspan that evolved very effective ways to propel and control flight using their flexible membranous wings. In this project, paleontologists, biomechanicians, and experts in aerodynamics and aeronautics work together to improve understanding of pterosaur flight mechanics.

More information about our approach and continued research can be found in this research proposal with bibliography.

We hope that the project will help to improve our understanding of pterosaur flight mechanics and dynamics. This is a very exciting and extremely challenging research topic.

The project will feature in a National Geographic film on pterosaurs due to air in 2006.

 

 

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