'Nastiest' Jurassic crocodile named after Motorhead's Lemmy

Lemmy in his mammalian form.
  Lemmy in his mammalian form

Like the hell-raising Motorhead frontman who died in 2015, the 19ft (5.8m) long beast dubbed Lemmysuchus was no stranger to trouble.

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.

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

The study authors determined that the fossil represented a new genus, naming it after Kilmister at the suggestion of study co-author Lorna Steel, a curator at NHM in the earth sciences department, NHM representatives said in the statement.

It comes after a study of a fossil skeleton housed at London's Natural History Museum, which was dug up from a clay pit near Peterborough in 1909, by University of Edinburgh palaeontologist Michela Johnson.

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Lemmysuchus belonged to an extinct group of reptiles called teleosaurs, which were distantly related to today's crocodiles.

"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 to have ever inhabited the Earth", Dr Steel said.

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

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

The findings were published online August 7 in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

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