Lemmy gets crocked!
Natural History Museum names ancient sea monster after the Motörhead legend.
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