English Scientists Name Prehistoric Crocodile After Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister
It was already a given that Lemmy Kilmister was going to live on in the hearts of metal fans forever, but now his name will live on in a field outside of music as the legendary Motörhead frontman has had a prehistoric crocodile named after him in his home country of England. And judging by the creature’s description, it sounds like it’s a bit of a namesake.
“With a meter-long skull and a total length of 5.8 meters, it would have been one of the biggest coastal predators of its time,” says University of Edinburgh paleontologist Michela Johnson in a statement issued by the National History Museum. Johnson helped to untangle the identity of the Lemmysuchus [Lemmy’s crocodile] obtusidens [blunt toothed], which lived around 164 million years ago during the Middle Jurassic Period and was a member of an extinct group of marine crocodile relatives called teleosaurs.