Make your own Quetzalcoatlus!

Back in my stint at the Carnegie, I had a great chat to Mark Klingler about his palaeoart. Mark mentioned that years ago he had created a little ‘build your own pterosaur’ kit where you could print out a Quetzalcoatlus he had designed and stick it together. He was extremely generous in offering this to the Musings to go up for people to do themselves, but he needed to check the copyright issues and find the necessary files.

Mark got back to me the other day to tell me that unbeknown to him, the files were already online and available on the Carnegie’s own website. So problem solved, you can get them whenever you want and make your own (small) giant pterosaur. Just go here and follow the instructions. Mark was cunning enough to make it so that it’s a skeletal view on one side and a life reconstruction on the other!

So get building and enjoy. my great thanks to mark for his original generous offer and for tracking down his files. Sure it’s easy enough to get them where they are, but even he didn’t know, so I’m delighted to bring this to a wider audience and well done to the Carnegie too for making this freely available for kids (and palaeontologists).

8 Responses to “Make your own Quetzalcoatlus!”


  1. 1 Adam Benton 19/03/2012 at 5:36 pm

    My local museum has one of them in. It’s so big that it can be a little bit disturbing to stand directly underneath it. Feels like it might swoop off with you.

  2. 4 Robert A. Sloan 19/03/2012 at 8:03 pm

    This is awesome! Thanks for the link!

  3. 5 Matt Martyniuk 20/03/2012 at 6:34 pm

    Cool idea, but it would be better if it used a modern reconstruction that actually resembled an azhdarchid… that looks like it’s based on the pseudo-Quetz recon in one of Wellnfoher’s old encyclopedias :(

    • 6 David Hone 20/03/2012 at 7:15 pm

      Well it was produced about 20 years ago I understand so I have more than a bit of sympathy when it comes to exact anatomy on this.

      • 7 Matt Martyniuk 20/03/2012 at 7:30 pm

        That would explain it! I don’t remember personally seeing any “modern” reconstructions of Quetz skulls before around 2000.

      • 8 David Hone 21/03/2012 at 8:56 am

        Yeah, we simply didn’t know much about Q. (still don’t!) and we didn’t have any really complete azhdarchids till recently, so there wasn’t much to go on.


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