Ming the clam is 'oldest animal'

Oct 28, 2007 20:47 · 85 words · 1 minute read

I can’t help thinking that there’s a certain irony here:

A clam dredged up off the coast of Iceland is thought to have been the longest-lived creature discovered.

Scientists said the mollusc, an ocean quahog clam, was aged between 405 and 410 years and could offer insights into the secrets of longevity.

Researchers from Bangor University in north Wales said they calculated its age by counting rings on its shell.

Of course we only know this because the clam’s been dredged up and, er, killed.