By now, the selfies are beyond count.

In fact, officials at Ohio State University's Orton Geological Museum have dubbed a specific area of the lobby the "selfie corner." It's where visitors tend to find the best vantage point for taking cellphone shots of the latest addition to the museum's collection: the replica skeleton of a dinosaur whose bones were discovered by one of the university's own.

Cryolophosaurus ellioti went on display Sept. 20 to the open-mouthed astonishment of students and visitors who enter the museum named for Edward Orton Sr., Ohio State's first president and a professor of geology from 1873-99.

The plastic-mold skeleton is 24 feet long and includes a crest on top of the skull that has led some to dub the Jurassic-era predator "Elvisaurus," because of that feature's resemblance to the pompadour Elvis Presley sported at times.

"It's pretty spectacular," said William Ausich, museum director.

"It's wonderful," said Dale Gnidovec, curator and collections manager. "It's something we've hoped for for years, something I've always imagined would be nice."

The spectacle and wonder is on display during regular museum hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, but a special open house is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at the museum in Orton Hall, 155 S. Oval Mall.

"We'll stay as long as we have to," Ausich said.

Clintonville resident David Elliot, professor emeritus of geology, discovered the fossil that eventually was named for him during a visit to Antarctica in 1991.

He wasn't looking for it.

In fact, Elliot has admitted he was answering the call of nature when he came to realize what he was looking at were not rocks, but rather bones.

"It's a good illustration of the serendipity of scientific discovery," Ausich said.

Cryolophosaurus ellioti is "by far the most complete specimen" of dinosaur ever found in Antarctica, he said.

A crowdfunding effort raised the $80,000 needed to pay for the plastic cast of the dinosaur's bones and the installation in the lobby.

"We had kids doing 'doughnuts-for-dinosaur' fundraisers," Gnidovec said.

"It was just an outpouring of support."

As for that crest on top of Cryolophosaurus ellioti's head, well -- "We obviously don't know," Ausich said.

However, dinosaurs were warm-blooded animals that gave rise to birds and their vivid plumage, so perhaps it was a highly colored appendage that helped attract mates, he said.

Ausich said he was amused by the reactions of students in the days after the display was finally in place.

"All of a sudden there was a dinosaur in the lobby, and they were amazed," he said. "There have been innumerable selfies taken of that dinosaur.

"The thing that amazes me: I knew we were going to get a dinosaur, but it just fits that space perfect. It makes that space even more special than it was before."

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