Crocodile Fossil Named After Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister

Barsaba Taglieri
Agosto 12, 2017

Motörhead founder, singer and bassist Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, who died on December 28, 2015, famously sang, "I don't want to live forever", in the band's signature song, "Ace of Spades".

In life he was big and full of attitude - no wonder scientists chose to name the ferocious Jurassic crocodile after Lemmy.

The monster that terrorised coastal waters around the United Kingdom more than 145 million years ago had a skull measuring just over a metre and large, blunt teeth flawless for crushing bones and turtle shells.

Researchers recently took another look at the specimen and gave it a new classification and a scientific name of its own.

The fossil is housed at the museum.

"Although Lemmy passed away at the end of 2015, ' said Lorna Stell of the Natural History Museum of London, "we'd like to think that he would have raised a glass to Lemmysuchus, one of the nastiest sea creatures to have ever inhabited the Earth".

It lived approximately 164 million years ago in coastal waters near what is now Europe, and it measured about 19 feet (6 meters) in length and had a skull that was about 3 feet (1 m) long, according to a description in a new study.

The Lemmysuchus, or Lemmy's crocodile, was originally improperly categorized along with remains of other sea crocodiles found in the area, but as scientists uncovered more about the species Steel saw an opportunity to pay respects to the Motorhead rocker.

"It can be hard to identify new species as we are normally working with incomplete fossil skeletons", Ms Johnson, a PhD student, said.

The findings were published online August 7 in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

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