March 20, 2018

Crocodile rocks to name of heavy metalist Lemmy

10 August 2017, 11:23 | Winifred Adams

Lemmysuchus named after the late Motörhead frontman Lemmy was a Jurassic monster with attitudePA:Press Association

Lemmysuchus named after the late Motörhead frontman Lemmy was a Jurassic monster with attitude

A Jurassic crocodile that terrorised coastal waters around the United Kingdom has been named after the late Motorhead frontman Lemmy. This croc ate turtles by crushing their tiny turtle shells with blunt teeth - unlike other such crocs that fed on fish.

Originally named Steneosaurus, scientists at the Natural History Museum in London realized the bones of the crocodile had been classified incorrectly back in 1909 when its fossils were found along with the fossils of various other prehistoric crocodiles.

"With a metre-long skull and a total length of 5.8 metres, it would have been one of the biggest coastal predators of its time", said Michela Johnson, from University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, who helped to untangle the identity of Lemmysuchus - which translates as Lemmy's Crocodile.

Before subsequent fossils were found to suggest that the Lemmysuchus was in fact it's own species, many of it's relatives fossils were often mixed in. "Steneosaurus" obtusidens is a little-studied macrophagous species from the Oxford Clay Formation (Callovian, Middle Jurassic) of the United Kingdom and near Migné-les-Lourdines (Middle Callovian) in France.

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Having taken a better look at the creature recently, they realised it needed a new classification, and museum curator Lorna Steel let her love for Lemmy dictate the name, adding "we'd like to think that he would have raised a glass to Lemmysuchus".

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

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