‘Elvis’ could call in at Columbus museum

June 27, 2017 by  

The Orton Geological Museum at Ohio State University would like to add Elvis to its collection. This Elvis, however, is not the King of Rock ‘n Roll, but a dinosaur.

David Elliot, who is now professor emeritus of geology at the university’s School of Earth Sciences, found the fossil by accident in 1991, and would like to bring it to Columbus – a feat that will no doubt interest dinosaur enthusiasts in nearby Lewis Center.

At the time he made the discovery, Elliott, who is a volcanologist, was in Antarctica tracing ash deposits. When he took a break, he realized he was looking at something odd. It finally dawned on him that he was looking at what could only be the remains of some sort of vertebrate.

The fossil was unearthed by William R. Hammer, a paleontologist, professor of geology and department chair at Augustana College in Illinois. According to Augustana website, the dinosaur—which was nicknamed ‘Elvisaurus’ because of the crest on its head—is the first carnivorous dinosaur to have been found in Antarctica.

At a fundraiser on June 13, Elliott recounted his discovery, and said he hopes the fossil animal, now called Cryolophosaurus Ellioti after Elliott, will be placed in the museum at Ohio State. Dale Gnidovec, who is the museum’s collections manager and curator, says having the fossil at Orton should boost the number of annual visitors above its current level of 30,000.

Efforts like this could be enhanced if officials create brochures about the dinosaur for mailing to area residents.