Lemmy Kilmister Inspires Name For Prehistoric Crocodile

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 12, 2017

Motörhead founder, singer and bassist Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, who died on December 28, 2015, famously sang, "I don't want to live forever", in the band's signature song, "Ace of Spades".

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.

The fossil is housed at the museum.

"With a meter-long skull and a total length of 5.8 metres, it would have been one of the biggest coastal predators of its time."

The name for this crocodile was suggested by the curator of Natural History Museum, Lorna Steel, who is a Motörhead fan.

"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", she said.

The Lemmysuchus, or Lemmy's crocodile, was originally improperly categorized along with remains of other sea crocodiles found in the area, but as scientists uncovered more about the species Steel saw an opportunity to pay respects to the Motorhead rocker.

"Following careful anatomical comparison, and by referring to the main specimen held at the Natural History Museum, we could see that most of the previous finds were actually from relatives of Lemmysuchus rather than the species itself, and we were able to assign a new name".

The new description of Lemmysuchus, which translates as "Lemmy's crocodile", appears in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

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