Motorhead frontman Lemmy has giant marine crocodile named after him

Lemmysuchus named after the late Motörhead frontman Lemmy was a Jurassic monster with attitude

Lemmysuchus named after the late Motörhead frontman Lemmy was a Jurassic monster with attitude

Ian Fraser Kilmister, better known as Lemmy, was the founder, bassist and lead singer of English rock band Motorhead. Naturally, you name it after the Prince of Darkness. The fossil, now named Lemmysuchus obtusidens, is said to have lived around 164 million years ago and has a total length of almost 20 feet. He died aged 70 in 2015.

British scientists have named a species of prehistoric crocodile after Motorhead's late frontman Lemmy.

This handout image released by the Trustees of the Natural History Museum in London on August 8, 2017 shows an artists rendering of a Lemmysuchus, a Jurassic-era sea-dwelling crocodile.

Its broad snout and large blunt teeth evolved for crushing shelled prey such as turtles - in contrast to its close relatives that had longer snouts and thinner teeth for catching fish.

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

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.

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.

The creature lived in shallow salt waters around the coast of what is now Europe, according to the museum.

The suggestion to honour heavy metal bass player Lemmy came from Natural History Museum curator and Motorhead fan Lorna Steel.

Here's how the scientists discovered Lemmysuchus was no ordinary croc: They compared bones, basically, doing "careful anatomical comparison", making sure to stay clean in their research and avoiding any overkill.

When it became clear that there was a distinction between the new croc and its relatives, a name change was in order.

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