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.