New Prehistoric Crocodile Identified: Lemmysuchus obtusidens | Paleontology


An international team of paleontologists has identified a new teleosaur and named it after Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, frontman of the band Motörhead.

A paleoartist’s reconstruction of Lemmysuchus obtusidens. The reconstruction contains details relating to Motörhead, with the pattern on the head based on the band’s Snaggletooth logo. Image credit: Mark Witton, Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London.

Lemmysuchus obtusidens (Lemmy’s blunt-toothed crocodile) lived around 164 million years ago during the Middle Jurassic epoch.

The prehistoric beast was a sea-going member of an extinct group called teleosaurs, common during the Jurassic but only distantly related to modern crocodiles.

It inhabited shallow sea waters around the coast of land that would become modern-day Europe.

The body of Lemmysuchus obtusidens was almost 20 feet (6 m) long, with a skull measuring more…



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