Friday [Jan. 14], our exhibits crew put together a Quetzalcoatlus northropi cast fossil, in order to measure it and finalize the design of a Cretaceous vignette that will feature three of the giant flying Texas reptiles in our new paleontology hall when it opens in 2012!
Since we were putting it together, we thought it would be a good chance to give everyone a sneak peek at what's coming for the new hall. Our Associate Curator of Paleontology, Dave Temple, walks you through the new fossil in this video.
The new cast of Quetzalcoatlus - the Texas Pterosaur - is perched, with wings folded. Even without the 36-foot wingspan spread, it's mighty impressive.
The Quetzalcoatlus will be on display in the HMNS Grand Hall from 1.14 - 1.17.11 and again when the new Hall of Paleontology opens in 2012!
See more photos of the fossil on Flickr!