Crikey: Motorhead‘s late lead singer Lemmy Kilmister has proven to be quite the inspiration for British scientists.
A team at the National History Museum has discovered a new prehistoric crocodile that lived around 164 million years ago, with a length of 5.8 meters (including a skull that’s a full meter on its own!)
After careful consideration, museum curator Lorna Steel has led the charge to name the creature after her hero Lemmy, landing on Lemmysuchus obtusidens.
(© Mark Witton/Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London)
“Although Lemmy passed away in 2015, 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,” said Steel.
The remains were found over a century ago in England, but were initially identified as the wrong type of crocodile. When reexamined, they found it needed its own classification.
“Lemmysuchus obtusidens lived in shallow sea waters around the coast of land that would become modern-day Europe,” said the museum in a press release. “Its broad snout and large blunt teeth evolved for crushing shelled prey such as turtles, in contrast to close relatives that had longer snouts and thinner teeth for catching fish.”
Kilmister’s legacy not only lives in the sea, but the stars too: he previously had a star named after him.
The Motorhead frontman passed away in December 2015 from cancer.
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