Welcome, Terry the Pterosaur! Thank you, Len Eisenberg, for your donation of the pterosaur skeleton replica to the Crater Rock Museum. We appreciate your generosity. Terry, as he’s been nick-named, will delight all who visit our museum for years to come! Pterodactyls (Pterodactylus or Pteranodon) are the world’s most familiar pterosaurs, or flying reptiles. Terry is from the late Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The most distinctive feature of Pteranodon is its backward-pointing skull crest. It’s been speculated that this crest was used as a mid-flight rudder, while others claim it is a sexually selected characteristic of the male, whose bigger crest made him more attractive to females. At any rate, the function of the crest remains a mystery to this day. The pterodactyl was a carnivore, and preyed upon fish and other small animals, so we’ll probably need lots of donations to keep it flying!


We also appreciate monetary donations to Crater Rock Museum! Your donation may be used in any of the following areas:

  • Outdoor Community Classroom completion
  • Purchasing items for Kid’s Day projects
  • Creating/purchasing age appropriate Outdoor Classroom materials
  • Purchasing items for a traveling display, such as a carrying case and smaller specimens to bring when presenting to the community (i.e. schools, retirement facilities, etc.)
  • Display case upgrades (i.e. new lighting and humidity controls)
  • Miscellaneous items for our display cases, such as wood for new displays, cloth coverings, “filler” items (decorations), and cardstock for display descriptions
  • Purchasing new specimens for museum displays
  • General Fund (used to pay museum expenses such as electricity, water, sewer, and maintenance/ upkeep on the building

Thank you, again, for your support of Crater Rock Museum. We are grateful for your generosity.