Real life dragons

17 September 2022 - 15:30

Highcross Leicester, Lower East Mall opposite Footlocker

Event duration: 60 minutes 


Pterosaurs were flying reptiles that lived alongside the dinosaurs. These aeroplane-sized giants, with wingspans of 10 metres or more, lived between 100 and 66 million years ago, and were thought until recently to be a (relatively) short-lived species, wiped out with the dinosaurs. 

However, a recent discovery in the Kem Kem beds of Morocco uncovered an exciting collection of twenty giant pterosaurs, belonging to two different species. 

This discovery completely changes our understanding of the ecology of giant pterosaurs. Once thought of as rare, ‘one-offs’ we now begin to understand they may have been more common and diverse than we knew. Join the University of Leicester’s resident Pterosaurs expert, David Unwin as he shares the fascinating story of this discovery. 

Venue details: High Cross Leicester, Lower East Mall opposite Footlocker, 5 Shires Ln, Leicester LE1 4AN