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Prehistoric Crocodile Named In Homor of MOTORHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister

Prehistoric Crocodile Named In Homor of MOTORHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister

But it was recently re-examined and found to have been incorrectly lumped with other sea crocodiles from the area.

The dinosaur-era reptile - from about 164 million years ago - was by some accounts considerably larger than today's salt-water crocs. Within Teleosauridae, one particular sub-clade of durophagous/macrophagous taxa achieved large body sizes and were apex predators in shallow marine environments during the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous in Europe and around the coast of the Tethys Seaway.

It would appear to be quite an appropriate pairing, as the beast, now known as the Lemmysuchus, could grow to almost six metres long and used its large teeth to chomp up turtles. With a long snout and thin sharp teeth its principle diet would have been fish, rather than the crunchier shelled prey of Lemmysuchus.

The Lemmy croc was unearthed in Peterborough in the United Kingdom - 85 miles (135 km) north of London - about a century ago. Turns out the proto-croc was discovered almost 100 years ago, and was wrongly classified as a sea crocodile until just recently.

The exact relationship between Lemmysuchus and its close relatives had been misunderstood as scientists had previously wrongly assigned some other fossil finds to the same species.

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The current research team performed a careful anatomical comparison on the all bones and referred them to the main type specimen in the Museum.

Like the hell-raising rocker it is named after, the creature was no shrinking violet.

He formed Motorhead, a metal band, in 1975.

According to the Associated Press, scientists have described the creature as "one of the nastiest sea creatures to have ever inhabited the earth".

Lemmy, a chain-smoker who boasted of drinking a bottle of Jack Daniel's a day and of sleeping with more than 1,000 women, died in December 2015 at the age of 70 in Los Angeles.