A palaeoartist's reconstruction of Lemmysuchus (Lemmy's crocodile) obtusidens (blunt toothed). The reconstruction contains details relating to Motörhead, with the pattern on the head based on the band's Snaggletooth logo. © Mark Witton/Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

This is so badass.

Scientists have named a prehistoric crocodile described as “one of the nastiest sea creatures to have ever inhabited the earth” after late Motörhead frontman and Lemmy Kilmister.

According to the Natural History Museum, London’s website:

Lemmysuchus obtusidens lived around 164 million years ago during the Middle Jurassic Period and was a member of an extinct group of marine crocodile relatives called teleosaurs.

‘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,’ says University of Edinburgh palaeontologist Michela Johnson, who helped to untangle the identity of Lemmysuchus.

Museum curator Lorna Steel, who worked on the study, suggested the crocodile should be named after her late musical hero. ‘Although Lemmy passed away at the end of 2015,’ she says, ‘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.’