Scientists at London’s Natural History Museum found that a 20-foot-long crocodile specimen found in the early 20th century, had been miscategorized due to be being found amidst a jumble of other crocodiles in a clay pit quarry in Cambridgeshire. Correcting the record, a museum curator named Lorna Steel asked it be named after late MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy.
“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,” Steel 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 MOTÖRHEAD rocker.
The Lemmysuchus lived during the Middle Jurassic Period around 164 million years ago and was part of an extinct group of marine crocodiles known as teleosaurs.