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RE: Thagomizer

On Thu, 23 Mar 2006, Guy Leahy wrote:
Here's the Wikipedia definition... :-)


It says

 It has since been adopted as a genuine anatomical term, and is used by
 multiple palaeontological authorities, including the Smithsonian

and gives

 Also, the spikes on the end of Stegosaurus' tail now have an official
 name, The Thagomizer, suggested in a Far Side cartoon by Gary Larson.
 (Reference: The Complete Dinosaur, James O. Farlow and M. K.
 Brett-Surman, editors, Indiana University Press, Bloomington and
 Indianapolis, Indiana, 1997, p. 302.)

How is this official? I mean, what body/agency/etc actually certifies this?