Lemmy Crocodile

Nachdem sie an der Uni Edinburgh feststellten, dass sie das Fossil eines alten Monster-Krokodils falsch klassifiziert hatten, haben sie es nach Lemmy benannt. I drink to „Lemmysuchus, one of the nastiest sea creatures to have ever inhabited the Earth“.

British scientists have named the fossil of a fierce giant crocodile from the Jurassic era after the former lead singer of Motorhead, Lemmy. Like the hell-raising rock star, the 19ft (5.8m) long beast now called Lemmysuchus was no shrinking violet. The fossil needed to be renamed after University of Edinburgh scientists realised it had been wrongly classified. […]

The crocodile terrorised coastal waters around Britain more than 145 million years ago. It had a skull measuring just over a metre and large, blunt teeth perfect for crushing bones and turtle shells. The name was suggested by Natural History Museum curator and Motorhead fan Lorna Steel.

She said: "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.

Natural History Museum London: Fearsome Jurassic crocodile named after Motörhead's Lemmy
Paper: Re-description of ‘Steneosaurus’ obtusidens Andrews, 1909, an unusual macrophagous teleosaurid crocodylomorph from the Middle Jurassic of England