Thursday, November 1, 2007

Clam, 405, is oldest animal ever

Clam, 405, is oldest animal ever - Telegraph
Via FightAging
"...So significant is the find that Help The Aged have awarded a £40,000 grant to the team to investigate how the molusc, born when Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne and William Shakespeare was writing The Merry Wives of Windsor, has survived over the centuries...The record-breaking shellfish, 31 years older than the previous oldest animal, another clam, was caught last year when scientists from the Bangor University School of Ocean Sciences were dredging the seabed north of Iceland..."We need to find out how it retains muscle strength, remains cancer-free and keeps its nervous system intact over such a long period of time"...

According to the Guinness Book of Records, the existing record for the longest-lived animal belongs to a 220 year old Arctica clam collected in 1982 from American waters.

Unofficially, the record belongs to a 374 year old Icelandic clam in a German museum.

  • The oldest ever...
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    Mammal: bowhead whale: 130

    Human: Jeanne Calment: 122

    Macaw: 106

    Elephant: 78

    Horse: 62

    Japanese salamander: 55

    Herring gull: 49

    Bat: 32

    Dog: 24

    Rabbit: 18"

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