Meet the Jurassic crocodile named after Motorhead frontman Lemmy

Scientists love Lemmy, name a reptile after him

Lemmy Kilmister Inspires Name For Prehistoric Crocodile

According to the scientists that have named the ancient croc in Lemmy's honor, they believe it lived a lifestyle the rocker would approve of.

Motörhead founder, singer and bassist Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, who died on December 28, 2015, famously sang, "I don't want to live forever", in the band's signature song, "Ace of Spades".

As reported by BBC News, the giant crocodile occupied coastal waters around Great Britain more than 145 million years ago.

A near-complete fossil skeleton found in Peterborough, England, in 1909, part of the paleontology collection at the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London, was previously identified as Steneosaurus obtusidens, based on similarities to other known S. obtusidens fossils.

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

Museum curator and avowed Motorhead fan Lorna Steel suggested the name.

"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 ever to have inhabited the Earth", the statement quoted Ms.

"As a long-standing Motorhead fan I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to immortalise the rock star in this way".

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

The new description of Lemmysuchus, which translates as "Lemmy's crocodile", appears in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

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