British scientists just named a ferocious crocodile of the ancient seas after Lemmy Kilmister, the dearly departed lead singer of Motörhead.
I once watched a show once featuring Lemmy and he said something like “we wanted to be so loud that if we moved in next door, your lawn would die” (later in life he would admit to borrowing the quote)
The lead singer of the famed band Motörhead is now two years gone, but remembered forever thanks to some hard-rocking British scientists who have now adorned a newly named ancient species after the late rocker: Lemmysuchus.
The croc was a 20-footer from some 164 million years ago and “was just as ferocious as a Motörhead song.”
Lorna Steel Natural History Museum, London curator 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”
“As a long-standing Motörhead fan, I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to immortalize the rock star in this way”
This particular specimen of crocodile was discovered nearly a century ago, but was incorrectly cataloged. Now it has been reclassified as unknown meaning it needed a new name. The huge coastal predator lived in shallow waters and probably ate turtles and anything else it could grab with its large jaws and huge boney teeth.
Welcome to the new world Lemmysuchus and rock on!
Cover photo via Twitter/Mark Witton