From Smallest of Clues, Flying Reptiles Reborn: Natural History Museum Explores the Wonders of Pterosaurs


About 220 million years ago, as we learn at a thoroughly entrancing new exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History, a fish caught a pterosaur, chewed it up and spit out the pieces. The expelled mass eventually fossilized, creating what is decorously called a “gastric pellet.” We see its cast here: a compact, egg-size mound of spindly, bent, broken and crushed sticks.