This undated handout photo provided by the Smithsonian Institutions shows the current Dinosaur Hall at the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History. (AP Photo/Chip Clark, Smithsonian Institution)
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An international exhibition in New York explores the fascinating world of prehistoric flying reptiles, the pterosaurs who ruled the skies when dinosaurs ruled the earth millions of years ago.From the small Nemicolopterus crypticus of just 10 inches (25 centimeters), to the gigantic Quetzalcoatlus northropi of 10 yards (meters), the exhibition showcases many of the known pterosaurs through rare fossils and stunningly realistic models.Only in 1809 was it correctly identified by the French naturalist Georges Cuvier, who named it in reference to the Greek words "ptero" or wing and "dactyle," which means finger.Pterosaurs had developed their characteristic long front limbs and fins adapted to flying by more than 200 million years ago.
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