A fell sea-going crocodile that menaced coastal waters about 164 million years ago during the Jurassic Stretch has been given a name honouring the similarly ferocious heavy-metal escarpment Lemmy, the late front man for the British band Motörhead.
Scientists said on Wednesday they be enduring named the 5.8-metre-long reptile Lemmysuchus, meaning «Lemmy’s crocodile.» Its fossils were excavated near the eastern English city of Peterborough in 1909 and were recently re-examined and resolved to be a distinct genus in need of a name.
Its elongated, narrow snout resembled those of novel fish-eating crocs from India called gharials. It boasted eleemosynary, blunt teeth perfect for crushing turtle shells or other hard-bodied dupe like hard-scaled fish, said University of Edinburgh paleontologist Michela Johnson, bring up author of the study published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.
‘I can now die tickled pink,’ says researcher
«It’s big, ugly and quite scary. We think that Lemmy would be experiencing liked it. For me, this is a career high, and I can now die happy,» added another of the researchers, Lorna Blade, who came up with the name.
Known for hard living and hard penniless, gravelly voiced Ian (Lemmy) Kilmister, died of cancer at age 70 in 2015 in Los Angeles. He envisaged his influential band Motörhead in 1975.
«I wanted to name something after Lemmy after he died,» verbalized Steel, senior curator for fossils from the croc family, birds and flip ones lid reptiles at the Natural History Museum in London.
«At that time, late December 2015, I was working with associates from Edinburgh University on this particular fossil specimen. I fence in the thought to myself for a while but then floated the idea past the others. They all considering it was great and it really is the most appropriate fossil to bear Lemmy’s monicker.»
Lemmysuchus was a member of a group called teleosaurs, sea-going crocodiles that burgeoned for tens of millions of years during the age of dinosaurs. The seas at the time were also reside ined by a number of types of marine reptiles including long-necked plesiosaurs and dolphin-like ichthyosaurs.
Johnson planned the fossil specimen held at the Natural History Museum and determined that it had been incorrectly classified as another teleosaur hailed Steneosaurus.