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The old surefire sign you made it to next-level fame came when a local restaurant named a sandwich or menu item after you, but now scientists have taken their fandom to new heights.

Within the past decade, scientists have taken to naming various animals and other new species after their favorite rock stars, with the most recent being London’s Natural History Museum naming a giant Jurassic era crocodile Lemmysuchus after the late Lemmy Kilmister.

In honor of Lemmy’s latest tribute, here are five other musicians who’ve had new species/fossils named after them.


Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath performs at Ozzfest 2016 at San Manuel Amphitheater on September 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for ABA)

Ozzy Osbourne – Dendropsophus ozzyi

What happens when scientists find a new species of frog that emits high-pitched sounds like a bat?  Naturally, you name it after the Prince of Darkness.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights