The Geology Museum came into existence as per the efforts of P. C. Mahalanobish and biologist Pamela Robinson, whom he met during his visit to England. The museum was first opened for public viewing in 1977 and contains several artefacts of geological as well as archaeological significance, including dinosaur fossils. The main attraction of the museum is an almost complete fossil skeleton of a 47 feet long sauropod from the early Jurassic period (about 160 million years back) and it is said to be Asia's first ever mounted dinosaur in a museum.
The fossil skeleton of a 47 feet long sauropod from the early Jurassic period (about 160 million years back). This fossil was discovered by ISI geologists during a 1958 exploration in the Pranahita-Godavari valley. It was excavated during a subsequent expedition in 1960-61. The dinosaur has been christened Barapasaurus tagorei. The name is a coinage of Bara pa, which means 'large foot' in Hindi, saurus, which is a standard suffix in zoological names of lizard-like creatures, and Tagorei, after the poet Rabindranath Tagore, as the discovery coincided with the his birth centenary year, who was also a well-wisher of ISI.
Some specimens of dinosaur egg shells
Fossil remains of a pre-historic reptilian in the Gondwana and Satpura region of central India
Fossil of a reptilian creature, rhynchosaurus, which was not a dinosaur.
Fossil remain of Endothiodon mahalanobisi, christened after P.C. Mahalanobis, who established ISI.
Specimen of a fossilised rock.
A reconstructed fossil part of Isisaurus
Fossil remains of Comsocerops cosgriffi, a pre-historic amphibian which was predominantly found in the Satpura, Mahanadi, Damodar and Pranhita basins.
Nearest railway: Barrackpore