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Prehistoric Crocodile Named After Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister

10 August 2017, 02:33 | Camille Rivera

Crocodile rocks to name of heavy metalist Lemmy

After conducting a recent study of the specimen University of Edinburgh palaeontologist Michela Johnson realised it had been wrongly classified and needed a new scientific name

In honor of Lemmy's latest tribute, here are five other musicians who've had new species/fossils named after them.

London's Natural History Museum reports in a news release that the fossil was dug up in England by collectors in the early 20th century.

Named Lemmysuchus obtusidens, the Natural History Museum describes the crocodile as nothing short of a 164 million-year-old marine monster.

"With a metre-long skull and a total length of 5.8 metres, it would have been one of the biggest coastal predators of its time", said Michela Johnson, from University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, who helped to untangle the identity of Lemmysuchus - which translates as Lemmy's Crocodile. However, it was incorrectly categorized with the remains of other sea crocodiles found in the same location. Lemmysuchus was thought to be a relative of other species of the coastal warrior, but a re-examination found sufficient differences for paleontologists to decide it needed naming as a specific thing all of its own.

It's not uncommon for researchers to name newly discovered plants and animals after celebrities. This cleared up the confusion, and a new name could be given to the species.

According to the museum, the Lemmysuchus had a large snout and blunt teeth meant for crushing prey with shells.

The creature's new name is owed to Lorna Steel, a curator at the museum and, apparently, a dedicated Motörhead fan.

Described as "one of the nastiest sea creatures to have ever inhabited the Earth" by the museum's curator, Lorna Steel, the Lemmysuchus would havemeasured nearly 20 feet long, thanks in part to long, wicked-looking jaws.

Dinosaurs rock. Almost, but not quite, as hard as ascended heavy metal god, Lemmy Kilmister. The reconstruction contains details relating to Motörhead, with the pattern on the head based on the band's logo.

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