For many people, making it big in the world of music means winning Grammys. It means having an entourage. It means sell-out arenas and gigs. It means Platinum-selling albums. It means going down in the history books. And it means topping the charts. But for one hell-raising rock star, it means having a Jurassic Dinosaur Crocodile named after you.
Of course, it’s Lemmy.
Unfortunately, the Motorhead frontman died in 2015, but scientists at the Natural History Museum have now found a way to immortalize his memory and his legacy, by naming a recently discovered fossil after him – the Lemmysuchus.
Although the 19ft fossil was found many years ago when it was dug up from a clay pit in 1909, scientists from the University of Edinburgh realized that it needed renaming after it had been wrongly classified. After studying the fossil, scientists have found that the Lemmysuchus was one of the most deadly creatures during the Jurassic period, with the crocodile perusing the coast of Britain and terrorizing the other sea creatures a whopping 145 million years ago. With a meter and a half long skull and extraordinarily blunt teeth (apparently perfect for crushing bones in one fell swoop. Yikes), the Lemmysuchus was not to be messed with.
University of Edinburgh paleontologist, Michela Johnson, first discovered the incorrect classification of the crocodile while undertaking a recent study. The findings were then reiterated to the Natural History Museum, where Motorhead fan and Natural History Museum curator had the honor of renaming the creature. Of course, there was only one option.
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. As a long-standing Motorhead fan I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to immortalize the rock star in this way.
This is so cool.