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Year: 2011
Production company: National Geographic, Atlantic Productions, Sky 3D
Director: Matthew Dyas
Length: 39 minutes
Rating: suitable for all audiences
Languages: Spanish, Valencian, English and Italian

Learn how and why the pterosaurs managed to rule the prehistoric skies.


“Flying Monsters 3D” recounts the fantastic story of the mysterious creatures that rode the winds when the dinosaurs walked the Earth.

The work sets out to discover the truth about the enigmatic pterosaurs, flying giants that could measure up to 12 metres, and figure out how they were able to defy gravity and rise up to ride through the prehistoric skies. The science educator and naturalist Sir David Attenborough tries to answer the questions in this film, tying together history, research and science.

The pterosaurs, with dimensions that range from the size of a sparrow to that of an aeroplane, ruled the skies in the Jurassic and Cretaceous eras, and include the largest known vertebrate with the ability to fly: the Quetzalcoatlus. The appearance of flight in this order of animals is separate from the evolution of bats and birds. The pterosaurs are not dinosaurs, although they coexisted with them for dozens of millions of years. Nor are they birds, hypothetically having appeared some 75 million years before, and with the ancestors of both being very different.


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