Benedum Hall of Geology
What shaped the Earth’s surface? How are fossils formed? What did western Pennsylvania look like millions of years ago when giant lizards roamed through our once-tropical forests? Learn the answers to these questions and more when you explore the ever-changing nature of our planet in Benedum Hall of Geology.
Three Earth-like domes highlight geological time and dating, fossils, shaping the Earth, and Pittsburgh geology. A fourth dome explores the origin, location, and economic development of coal, oil, and gas. A strong emphasis is placed on the geological processes that shaped Pennsylvania and its neighbors, Ohio and West Virginia. The Stratavator offers a simulated-elevator ride deep into the Earth.
John L. Carter, the retired curator of Invertebrate Paleontology, is world renown for his research on 350-million-year-old fossil brachiopods. Carter named more than …Read More »
Have you noticed that this Benedum Hall of Geology diorama is looking a little brighter and more colorful? That is because conservationists …Read More »
Can you imagine a giant scorpion living western Pennsylvania? It seems pretty crazy, but there is evidence that about 350 million years …Read More »
Scallop and Pecten found in Pilocene, California on display in Benedum Hall of Geology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. (Photo by …Read More »