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RE: Thagomizer

Sorry Ken. I wasn't there, and hadn't heard anyone else refer to it prior to Bakker.

Allan Edels

From: Ken.Carpenter@dmns.org
Reply-To: Ken.Carpenter@dmns.org
To: edels@msn.com, dinosaur@usc.edu
Subject: RE: Thagomizer
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 11:12:48 -0700

Sorry, but I used the term years before Bakker: at the 1993 SVP meeting
in Albuquerque.

Kenneth Carpenter, Ph.D. Curator of Lower Vertebrate Paleontology/ Chief Preparator Department of Earth Sciences Denver Museum of Nature & Science 2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO 80205

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-----Original Message-----
From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu] On Behalf
Of Allan Edels
Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2006 11:00 AM
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
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).

Allan Edels

* => 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 <xrciseguy@sbcglobal.net>
>Reply-To: xrciseguy@sbcglobal.net
>To: twilliams_alpha@hotmail.com, dinosaur@usc.edu
>CC: tholtz@umd.edu, deathspresso@yahoo.com
>Subject: RE: Thagomizer
>Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 07:17:15 -0800 (PST)
>Here's the Wikipedia definition... :-)
>Guy Leahy
>--- Tim Williams <twilliams_alpha@hotmail.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?
> >
> >
> >