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Scientists Name Prehistoric Croc After Lemmy From Motörhead

"We'd like to think that he would have raised a glass to Lemmysuchus," London's Natural History Museum curator said of the late Motörhead frontman.
Image: An artists rendering of a Lemmysuchus
An artists rendering of a Lemmysuchus, a Jurassic-era sea-dwelling crocodile. Scientists unveiled an extinct, sea-dwelling crocodile from the Jurassic period on August 9, 2017, which they named in honor of Motorhead lead singer Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, who died in 2015. "Lemmysuchus" -- a Latin translation of Lemmy's crocodile -- was about 5.8 metres (19 feet) long and had a skull of over a metre -- similar to a modern-day saltwater crocodile to which it is only distantly related. / AFP PHOTO / Trustees of the NHM, London / Mark WITTON / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / TRUSTEES OF THE NHM, LONDON/MARK WITTON" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS MARK WITTON/AFP/Getty ImagesMark Witton / Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London via AFP - Getty Images
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LONDON — 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.

London's Natural History Museum says the fossil of what's now known as Lemmysuchus obtusidens was dug up in England in the early 20th century but was incorrectly categorized with other sea crocodiles found in the area.

Researchers recently took another look at the specimen and gave it a new classification and a scientific name of its own.

The fossil is housed at the museum. Curator Lorna Steel suggested it be named after Kilmister, who died in 2015. She says in a statement that "we'd like to think that he would have raised a glass to Lemmysuchus."

An artists rendering of a Lemmysuchus, a Jurassic-era sea-dwelling crocodile. Scientists unveiled an extinct, sea-dwelling crocodile from the Jurassic period on August 9, 2017, which they named in honor of Motorhead lead singer Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, who died in 2015. Mark Witton / Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London via AFP - Getty Images