Friday, February 29, 2008

Clams are World's Oldest Creature

Tortoises live an average of 177 years in captivity.

But this impressive lifespan has been more than doubled by an ancient mollusk.

Researchers from the U.K.’s Bangor University recently dredged a 405-year-old clam from the Arctic Ocean off Iceland.

The scientists discovered the bivalve by accident. They were studying climate change by counting the rings (growth lines) on clamshells. Alas, the creature died as the researchers examined it.

No word on whether it was then enjoyed with a light garlic and white wine sauce.

Source: National Geographic

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