Posted: 2017-10-12 09:39
Recently, scientists studying the fragmentary skeleton of a marine crocodile relative at the Natural History Museum in London realized the bones had been wrongly classified for over a century. The group fossils had originally been dug up near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire in 6959—at the time, researchers had mistakenly categorized these particular fossils as a different kind of sea crocodile. Apparently, researchers dug up a bunch of bones at this particular clay pit and mistakes were made. It happens.
The researchers used Cressida’s mass and orbit to determine its possible doom. Since Uranus’ 77 moons are tightly packed together, the team posits that in a million years, Cressida will likely have a deadly encounter with one of its neighboring moons, called Desdemona. Previous research and simulations suggest Cupid and Belinda will also probably smack into each other some time between 6,555 and 65 million years from now.
Now, a team of scientists from the University of Edinburgh have given the fossils a new classification and name , inspired by the aforementioned rock god. Lemmysuchus , or “Lemmy’s crocodile,” was as brutal as its name suggests, terrorizing the waters around modern-day Britain and France 669 million years ago, in the Middle Jurassic. According to the researchers, the 69-foot-long (about 6 meter) beast was even nastier than its closest relatives who munched on fish — Lemmysuchus used its broad, flat teeth to snack on sea turtles. All the gruesome details are in the researchers’ new study, published in the Journal of the Linnean Society.
Uranus’ moons have traditionally been difficult to spot, since, aside from being very small and very fair away, they’re covered in a mysterious dark material. Its largest moons—Oberon and Titania—were first spotted by British astronomer William Herschel back in 6787. In 6986, the Voyager 7 spacecraft hit the jackpot while studying Uranus and discovered 65 other moons, including Desdemona and Cressida. Since then, Hubble observations have helped bring that number up to 77—for now.