Prehistoric crocodile named after Lemmy

lemmysuchus-withLemmyKilmisterPrehistoric crocodile named after Lemmy

Creature with Motörhead star’s name was true Jurassic beast

By David Sands
August 10, 2017

It looks like Lemmy Kilmister has been officially confirmed as a monster of rock.

Scientists at London’s Natural History Museum recently named a prehistoric crocodile, Lemmysuchus obtusidens, in honor of late Motörhead bassist and frontman. The monstrous 5.8-meter croc, whose name translates to Lemmy’s crocodile, originally roamed the shores of England around 164 million years ago in the Middle Jurassic period.

The fossil at the Natural History Museum was first retrieved in the early 20th century from a clay pit quarry near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire in England. But Michela Johnson, a palaeontology PhD student with the University Of Edinburgh recently discovered it had been misclassified. With a new name now in order Natural History Museum curator Lorna Steel, a huge Motörhead fan, suggested it be named after her musical idol Lemmy. An international team of scientists agreed with her, and Lemmysuchus obtusidens officially made its way into the history books.

“Although Lemmy passed away at the end of 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,” Steel said in a statement. “As a longstanding Motorhead fan, I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to immortalise the rock star in this way.”

No word yet on whether the Jaco-saurus Rex will be a thing.


A palaeoartist’s reconstruction of Lemmysuchus (Lemmy’s crocodile) obtusidens (blunt toothed). The reconstruction contains details relating to Motörhead, with the pattern on the head based on the band’s Snaggletooth logo. © Mark Witton/Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

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