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Newly identified Jurassic crocodile named after Motorhead's Lemmy

Newly identified Jurassic crocodile named after Motorhead's 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.

The specimen, housed in the Museum, was dug up by collectors in the early twentieth century from a clay pit quarry near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. The scientists say that while a few of the other finds were indeed from the same species as Lemmysuchus, most were from its relatives.

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

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.

Scientists discovered that much like Lemmy, it toured Europe, but was most comfortable in shallow seas on the coasts. Unfortunately, the origins of this clade are still poorly understood.




"Natural History Museum curator Lorna Steel was still mourning the demise of her favourite band, and suggested that it should be named after her musical hero".

Scientists have named a prehistoric crocodile described as "one of the nastiest sea creatures to have ever inhabited the earth" after late Motörhead frontman and British heavy metal icon Lemmy Kilmister.

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.

Below is a reconstruction of Lemmysuchus obtusidens. The reconstruction contains details relating to Motörhead, with the pattern on the head based on the band's Snaggletooth logo.


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