Sci­en­tists name pre­his­toric croc for late Motör­head front­man Kilmis­ter

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Sci­en­tists have LON­DON — named a pre­his­toric croc­o­dile de­scribed as “one of the nas­ti­est sea crea­tures to have ever in­hab­ited the earth” af­ter late Motör­head front­man and Bri­tish heavy metal icon Lemmy Kilmis­ter.

Lon­don’s Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum says the fos­sil of what’s now known as Lem­my­suchus ob­tusi­dens was dug up in Eng­land in the early 20th cen­tury but was in­cor­rectly cat­e­go­rized with other sea croc­o­diles found in the area.

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

The fos­sil is housed at the mu­seum. Cu­ra­tor Lorna Steel sug­gested it be named af­ter Kilmis­ter, who died in 2015. She says in a state­ment that “we’d like to think that he would have raised a glass to Lem­my­suchus.”

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