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::: Flying Monsters

Flying Monsters(Poster)Flying Monsters is a new giant screen adventure about the awe-inspiring world of a group of reptiles who ruled the skies about 220 million years ago.

For thousands of years, humans have imagined a world populated by flying monsters. Are these creatures merely the stuff of myths, legends, and nightmares? If not, how did they defy gravity and soar through prehistoric skies? Driven by information, Sir David Attenborough, a world-renowned naturalist and documentary filmmaker, starts to unravel one of science's more enduring mysteries. He works with scientists and engineers to try and understand how and why pterosaurs flew, traveling to New Mexico's "Ghost Ranch", Big Bend National Park in Texas, Lyme Regis in the United Kingdom, an ancient pterosaur landing site in Southern France, a fossil pit in Germany, and China's remote Liaoning Province in search of answers. He discovers that the marvel of pterosaur flight has evolutionary echoes that resonate even today.

Pterosaurs at first appearance are a most unlikely looking group of animals. But we now know that they were well adapted, highly successful and lived around the globe almost pole to pole. With a wingspan stretching up to 45 feet, pterosaurs were flying vertebrate that could grow to be the size of a small modern jet plane and ruled the prehistoric skies when dinosaurs began their domination of Earth millions of years ago. The story of how and why these enigmatic creatures took to the air is more fantastical than any fiction - and one of the greatest mysteries in paleontology.

Join Attenborough as he recounts the fascinating story of how we humans first discovered that these flying reptiles were real and how they were even able to get off the ground and indeed soar… until their sudden disappearance from Earth. Through a series of stunning environments, Flying Monsters resolves mysteries that have intrigued scientists for more than two centuries. The audience will be immersed in the world of pterosaur and experience the enormous challenges these creatures faced to survive, let alone flourish, in prehistoric skies.

Produced by award-winning Atlantic Productions and distributed by National Geographic Entertainment, Flying Monsters 3D won a BAFTA award in 2011 from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in the Specialist Factual category, Best 3D Program at the 2011 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, and Best Science Film from the Association of International Broadcasting. For more information, go to National Geographic.

The film debuts July 1, 2013 at the Museum's IMAX Space Theater, and will screen a whole year till June 30, 2014.

  • 3-D Film
  • Approximately 25 minutes: see Schedule
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Recommended for grades 2 - 12 and adults
  • Tickets for Flying Monsters: see Admission Fee
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