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  1. May 10, 2017 #1


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    In a different direction and only marginally scientific -
    Gary Larson the author of the cartoon 'The Far Side' portrayed animals as smarter than humans. He hoped he would be have his name associated with some beautiful animal or plant. A research arthropod taxonomist obliged:
    Strigiphilus garylorsonii
    This is a biting louse found only on owls.

    Larson shows up in science in other ways. The scientifically correct term for the large tail spikes (processes) of Stegosaurs is: thagomizer.

    Origin of the use:
    Larson had a cartoon showing a cave man doing a talk on the late Thag Simmons, killed by a thagomizer.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thagomizer See the cartoon halfway down.

    Ken Carpenter of Denver Museum used the term in lectures. Horner (Jack Horner, paleontologist at the Museum of the Rockies retired, loved that cartoon strip. So, since there was no name for the bony tail process, he started using the term thagomizer in published papers. It caught on, big time. :wideeyed:

    Here is a link to taxonomy run amok - the names of famous people officially part of taxonomy -
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