Wednesday, October 31, 2007

First, We Find the Oldest Living Creature on Earth...

But in the process of finding it, we kill it.  Humans, ya gotta love us?!

A biology team from Bangor University in Wales was dredging the waters north of Iceland as part of routine research when a clam belonging to the Arctica islandica clam family 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.  (There has got to be a better way to determine this stuff before we go off and kill the poor thing that had been minding it's own business on the ocean floor for the last 400 years. )

For a few more details you can check out Fox News


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