Prehistoric crocodile named after late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister

Lemmy performing in 2005

And judging by the creature's description, it sounds like it's a bit of a namesake.

"Lemmysuchus" lived during the Middle Jurassic Period roughly 164 million years ago, according to the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

The fossil is housed at the museum.

The beast had to be renamed after scientists discovered that a near-complete skeleton had been incorrectly categorized along with other sea crocodiles from the area when it was dug up in England in the early 20th century, the Natural History Museum said on its website. Lemmysuchus was thought to be a relative of other species of the coastal warrior, but a re-examination found sufficient differences for paleontologists to decide it needed naming as a specific thing all of its own.

In a study published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, an global team of scientists took a fresh look at the fossil skeleton and gave it a new classification and scientific name.

When it became clear that there was a distinction between the new croc and its relatives, a name change was in order. Our re-description reveals five autapomorphies for Lemmysuchus obtusidens and nine apomorphic characters that support the tribe Machimosaurini (Lemmysuchus + Machimosaurus).

At 19ft (5.8m) long, with a skull measuring just over a metre, it used its large, blunt teeth to crush bones and turtle shells.

Lemmy Kilmister, the gravel-voiced singer and founder of Motorhead who died two years ago, received the ultimate honor when British scientists named a prehistoric crocodile after him.

While there's no word yet on whether or not the crocodile could play the bass, Lorna Steel, curator of London's Natural History Museum, said that she hopes Kilmister "would have raised a glass to Lemmysuchus".

Below is a reconstruction of Lemmysuchus obtusidens.

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