See, kids. Go to college, become a scientist, and one day you might get to name an insect or animal – or a Jurassic creature – after your favorite music artist.
Think of it. Bieber Bubo Scandiacus. (That’s a snowy owl.)
In the meantime, University of Edinburgh scientists have named a prehistoric crocodile after British heavy metal icon Lemmy Kilmister, the frontman for Motörhead who died in 2015.
Henceforth, this nasty, 20-foot-long creature that lived 164 million years ago shall be known as Lemmysuchus obtusidens.
That was Lorna Steel’s idea.
“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, a curator at London’s Natural History Museum, told the BBC.
“As a long-standing Motörhead fan, I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to immortalize the rock star in this way.”
The beast had to be renamed after scientists discovered that a near-complete skeleton had been incorrectly categorized along with other sea crocodiles from the area when it was dug up in England in the early 20th century, the Natural History Museum said on its website.
Their findings were published Monday in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.
With a skull just over 3 feet long, powerful jaws and big, flattened teeth that could crunch up mollusk and turtle shells, the crocodile terrorized coastal waters around Britain, the scientists described.
Powerful. Terrorizing. Nastiest of them all.
HuffPost called the creature’s new name “a fitting tribute for one of the true monsters of rock.”