Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Prehistoric crocodile renamed in honor of Motörhead's Lemmy

Prehistoric crocodile renamed in honor of Motörhead's Lemmy

Lemmysuchus obtusidens lived around 164 million years ago during the Middle Jurassic Period andwas a member of an extinct group of marine crocodile relatives called teleosaurs.

Ms Johnson realised it had been incorrectly classified and required a new scientific name, with the Lemmy inspiration coming from the Natural History Museum's Lorna Steel.

'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, ' says University of Edinburgh palaeontologist Michela Johnson, who helped to untangle the identity of Lemmysuchus.

The fossil is housed at the museum.

Before subsequent fossils were found to suggest that the Lemmysuchus was in fact it's own species, many of it's relatives fossils were often mixed in. This cleared up the confusion, and a new name could be given to the species.

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Scientists discovered that much like Lemmy, it toured Europe, but was most comfortable in shallow seas on the coasts.

It would appear to be quite an appropriate pairing, as the beast, now known as the Lemmysuchus, could grow to almost six metres long and used its large teeth to chomp up turtles. The reconstruction contains details relating to Motörhead, with the pattern on the head based on the band's logo.

Lemmy worked as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix and played bass in space rock band Hawkwind - before being kicked out for his drug use - before founding Motörhead in 1975.

So perhaps it's no surprise that scientists chose heavy metal icon Lemmy as the namesake for a prehistoric crocodile described as "one of the nastiest sea creatures to have ever inhabited the Earth".

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