Lemmy gets crocked!

Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum names an­cient sea mon­ster af­ter the Motör­head leg­end.

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Lemmy’s name has been given to “one of the nas­ti­est sea creatures to have ever in­hab­ited the Earth”. Sci­en­tists have hon­oured the late Motör­head front­man, who died in late 2015, by nam­ing an an­cient crocodile af­ter him. At al­most 20-foot long and armed with gi­gan­tic blunt teeth to crush bones and tur­tle shells, the ex­tinct crea­ture now known as Lem­my­suchus

– it trans­lates as ‘Lemmy’s crocodile’ – was among the planet’s big­gest coastal preda­tors more than 145 mil­lion years ago.

A fos­sil was dis­cov­ered in the early 20th cen­tury in a clay pit near Peter­bor­ough by Michela John­son, but it was Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum cu­ra­tor Lorna Steel who re­vealed that the spec­i­men had been in­cor­rectly clas­si­fied and thus re­quired a new name.

“As a long-stand­ing Motör­head fan I am thrilled to have had the op­por­tu­nity to im­mor­talise the rock star in this way,” says Steel. “We’d like to think that Lemmy would have raised a glass to Lem­my­suchus.” DL

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