Jurassic crocodile fossil named after Lemmy

Crocodile rocks to name of heavy metalist Lemmy

"Lemmysuchus"-Latin for Lemmy's crocodile-was about 5.8 metres (19 feet) long and had a skull of more than a metre-similar to a modern-day saltwater crocodile to which it is only distantly related".

The specimen, housed in the Natural History Museum in the United Kingdom, was dug up by collectors in the early twentieth century from a clay pit quarry near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

In a study published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, an worldwide team of scientists took a fresh look at the fossil skeleton and gave it a new classification and scientific name.

The Natural History Museum describes Lemmysuchus as a "marine monster" with a "broad snout and large blunt teeth evolved for crushing shelled prey".

Lemmy worked as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix and played bass in space rock band Hawkwind - before being kicked out for his drug use - before founding Motörhead in 1975.

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Ms Johnson, a PhD student, said: 'It can be hard to identify new species as we are normally working with incomplete fossil skeletons.

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.

Lemmy Kilmister, the gravel-voiced singer and founder of Motorhead who died two years ago, received the ultimate honor when British scientists named a prehistoric crocodile after him.

The current researchers performed a careful anatomical comparison on the all bones and referred them to the main type specimen in the Museum.

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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