Mo­tor­head’s ‘Lemmy’ has dino croc named af­ter him

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

A team of mu­sic-mad sci­en­tists un­veiled an ex­tinct, sea-dwelling croc­o­dile from the Juras­sic pe­riod yes­ter­day, which they named in honor of Mo­tor­head lead singer Ian “Lemmy” Kilmis­ter who died in 2015. “Lem­my­suchus”-Latin for Lemmy’s croc­o­dile-was about 5.8 me­ters long and had a skull of more than a me­ter-sim­i­lar to a mod­ern-day salt­wa­ter croc­o­dile to which it is only dis­tantly re­lated. “It would have been one of the largest coastal preda­tors of its time,” re­searchers from the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum said in a state­ment.

“The teeth were large and blunt, per­fect for crush­ing prey such as tur­tles.” Lemmy’s croc was dug up at Peter­bor­ough in Eng­land in the early 20th cen­tury. But it was re­cently re-ex­am­ined and found to have been in­cor­rectly lumped with other sea croc­o­diles from the area. Given that it be­longed to a unique group, the crea­ture “needed a new sci­en­tific name,” said the state­ment. “Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum cu­ra­tor Lorna Steel was still mourn­ing the demise of her fa­vorite band, and sug­gested that it should be named af­ter her mu­si­cal hero.”

“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 Steel as say­ing. Lemmy, a chain-smoker who boasted of drink­ing a bot­tle of Jack Daniel’s a day and of sleep­ing with more than 1,000 women, died in De­cem­ber 2015 at the age of 70 in Los An­ge­les. He formed Mo­tor­head, a metal band, in 1975. —AFP

PARIS: An artist’s ren­der­ing of a Lem­my­suchus, a Juras­sic-era sea-dwelling croc­o­dile. —AFP

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