Scientists Find Oldest Living Animal, Then Kill It

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Scientists Find Oldest Living Animal, Then Kill It

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British marine biologists have found what may be the oldest living animal that is, until they killed it.

The team from Bangor University in Wales was dredging the waters north of Iceland as part of routine research when the unfortunate specimen, belonging to the clam species Arctica islandica, was hauled up from waters 250 feet deep.

Only after researchers cut through its shell, which made it more of an ex-clam, and counted its growth rings did they realize how old it had been between 405 and 410 years old.

Another clam of the same species had been verified at 220 years old, and a third may have lived 374 years. But this most recent clam was the oldest yet.

"Its death is an unfortunate aspect of this work, but we hope to derive lots of information from it," postdoctoral scientist Al Wanamaker told London's Guardian newspaper. "For our work, it's a bonus, but it wasn't good for this particular animal."


http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,306076,00.html

Man! If a British scientist ever gets curious about my age I hope he'll believe the birthdate on my drivers license! :sc
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 30-10-2007

LOL!!!

Mind you its a big "so what", who would want to be a clam even if you lived 400 years?

A 400 year old clam that lives at the bottom of the ocean is a pretty sedate life, it probably feels to them like they had been alive for millennia. :)
By netchicken: posted on 30-10-2007

I know people who are not too awefully different.
Sad, but true.
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 30-10-2007








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