A sea-going ferocious crocodile that ruled the coastal waters about 64 million years ago during the Jurassic Period has finally been bestowed with a name honoring the similarly ferocious heavy-metal rocker Lemmy, the late front man of the British band Motörhead. The 19-foot-long (5.8 meters) reptile Lemmysuchus obtusidens was named by scientists on Wednesday. Its name means “Lemmy’s crocodile” and it gets a name after being determined as a distinct and separate genus. Its fossils were first discovered in the eastern English city of Peterborough in 1909, but they were re-examined and concluded that the fossils comes from an animal which cannot be clubbed with any other organism as its genus is distinct. Patagotitan Mayorum: Largest Known Dinosaur Finally Gets A Name
Only recently the scientists have named the world’s largest dinosaur as Patagotitan mayorum and concluded that it does not follow any known dinosaur species and is completely different from all the previous ones discovered. Similarly, the crocodile which was found in 1909 has been established as separate specie. It had an elongated, narrow snout resembling modern fish-eating crocodiles found in India called gharials. Michaela Johnson, University of Edinburgh paleontologist and lead author of the study published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society said that the crocodile had large, blunt teeth perfect for crushing turtle shells or other hard-bodied prey with tough exoskeleton like hard-scaled fish. Eriovixia gryffindori: New spider named after wizard from Harry Potter series by Indian Researchers
Lemmysuchus obtusidens lived around 164 million years ago during the Middle Jurassic Period and was a member of the extinct group of marine crocodiles called teleosaurus. As reported by the Natural History Museum, Michaela Johnson, University of Edinburgh palaeontologist said, “With a metre-long skull and a total length of 5.8 metres, it would have been one of the biggest coastal predators of its time.” The fossils that were dug up from a clay pit quarry near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire was wrongly clubbed with the remains of other sea crocodiles found in the same location. In a study published in Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, an international team of scientists re-examined the skeleton and gave a new identity to the crocodile.
Lorna Steel, one of the researchers who came up with the new scientific name said, “It’s big, ugly and quite scary. We think that Lemmy would have liked it. For me, this is a career high, and I can now die happy.” Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister was the front man of the British band Motörhead and died of cancer at the age of 70 in 2015 in Los Angeles. Reportedly museum curator Lorna Steel added, “We’d like to think that Lemmy would have raised a glass to Lemmysuchus, one of the nastiest sea creatures to have ever inhabited the Earth.” Tardigrades Are The Toughest Animals On Earth And Can Easily Survive An Apocalypse
Lemmysuchus obtusidens lived in shallow sea waters around the coast of land that became the modern-day Europe. Scientists often find it difficult to ascertain a new species as they work with incomplete fossil skeletons which make it difficult to categorize an already known species or come up with a new one. As reported in the Natural History Museum the researchers had wrongly clubbed the Lemmysuchus obtusidens with its other sea-faring crocodile relatives and wrongly assigned some other fossil finds to the same species but after careful anatomical research and comparison on all the bones it was discovered that few of the other finds were indeed from the same species as Lemmysuchus but most were from its relative and hence a new name could be given to the species.
(Article Edited By – Vandana Srivastawa)