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Could a quetzalcoatlus fly up to 80 mph?

An up close look at the quetzalcoatlus, one of the creatures featured in the film Flying Monsters showing at Hastings Museum.

With a wingspan of up to 40 ft. and a beak that’s 8.2 ft. long, the quetzalcoatlus is the biggest animal to have ever flown. When standing it would have been eye-to-eye with a giraffe!

It’s giant wings allowed it to launch itself to a speed of 35 mph with a single powerful press up — and, yes, in the air the quetzalcoatlus could travel at speeds up to 80 mph!

Once airborne, it could glide for hundreds of miles without a single flap and scientists believe it would have regularly covered 400 miles a day.

The quetzalcoatlus  is one of the featured pterosaurs (flying vertebrates) in “Flying Monsters,” a 3D film now showing at Hastings Museum. So be sure to come check it out!

For more on the film, click here.

Click here for showtimes.

The quetzalcoatlus had a 40 ft. wingspan - the same as a small airplane.

 

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