Researchers Have Named a Prehistoric Crocodile After Motörhead's Lemmy


"Lemmysuchus"-Latin for Lemmy's crocodile-was about 5.8 metres (19 feet) long and had a skull of more than a metre-similar to a modern-day saltwater crocodile to which it is only distantly related".

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

The fossil for the beast was initially dug up in England in the early 20th century, but was initially misclassified as a different creature.

A Jurassic crocodile that terrorised coastal waters around the United Kingdom has been named after the late Motorhead frontman Lemmy. But it was recently re-examined and found to have been incorrectly lumped with other sea crocodiles from the area.

"Steneosaurus leedsi was a teleosaurid relative of Lemmysuchus and its bones are found in the same clay formation".

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Dinosaurs rock. Almost, but not quite, as hard as ascended heavy metal god, Lemmy Kilmister.

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

When it became clear that there was a distinction between the new croc and its relatives, a name change was in order. "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". If you look close you'll see that the pattern on the crocodile's head is stylized after Motörhead's Snaggletooth logo.