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Sorry, but I used the term years before Bakker: at the 1993 SVP meeting
Kenneth Carpenter, Ph.D.
Curator of Lower Vertebrate Paleontology/
Department of Earth Sciences
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205
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From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf
Of Allan Edels
Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2006 11:00 AM
Subject: RE: Thagomizer
The first usage of the term (outside of Gary Larson), as far as I know,
was in a talk by Bob Bakker, in 1998*, while describing a hole in an
allosaur bone, that he said just fit the spike of a stegosaur. He
concluded that the allosaur had been hit by a Thagomizer. Got quite a
few laughs from the mostly professional/semi-professional
paleontological crowd. (Obviously fans of Larson).
* => That's when I heard him speak at the DinoFest Symposium 1998
(Philadelphia, PA, USA). IIRC, he may have given the same speech (or
similar) in the months prior to that event.
>From: Guy Leahy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
>CC: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
>Subject: RE: Thagomizer
>Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 07:17:15 -0800 (PST)
>Here's the Wikipedia definition... :-)
>--- Tim Williams <email@example.com> wrote:
> > Andrew Simpson wrote:
> > >Thagomizer. Is this the actual accepted term for
> > the
> > >steg tail spike array or a word made up by Gary
> > Larson
> > >from the Far Side here used semi-facisiously(sp?) ?
> > Both?