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Ancient clam killed by scientists was even older than previously thought

18
Nov
2013

Back in 2006, scientists removed an ocean quahog, or deep sea clam, from the seas, and discovered it was a whopping 400 years old — eventually it made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. Unfortunately, the scientists also put it in the freezer, as is standard practice, killing it — they only found its age out after the fact. Adding insult to injury, Bangor University recently concluded some follow-up research on the quahog (known as Ming the mollusc), and found that it was even older than they initially realized. Ming lived for a remarkable 507 years before the scientists ended his life.

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