Scientists Have Named One Of The "Nastiest" Prehistoric Crocodiles After Lemmy

Lemmy performing in 2005

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.

"Although Lemmy passed away at the end of 2015, ' said Lorna Stell of the Natural History Museum of London, "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".

It lived approximately 164 million years ago in coastal waters near what is now Europe, and it measured about 19 feet (6 meters) in length and had a skull that was about 3 feet (1 m) long, according to a description in a new study.

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.

It had a metre-long head and large, blunt teeth, which were ideal for crushing bones and turtle shells as it made quick work of its prey.

The current researchers performed a careful anatomical comparison on the all bones and referred them to the main type specimen in the Museum. While its close relatives had longer snouts and sharp teeth ideal for catching fish, the Lemmysuchus' snout was far shorter. It was recently reexamined and found to be a distinct animal, requiring its own classification and scientific name.

The exact relationship between Lemmysuchus and its close relatives had been misunderstood as scientists had previously wrongly assigned some other fossil finds to the same species.

A palaeoartist's reconstruction of Lemmysuchus (Lemmy's crocodile) obtusidens (blunt toothed).

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