Ancient clam killed by scientists was even older than previously thought

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.

However, the University specifically pointed out that it didn’t purposefully kill the this incredible specimen. “The longest-lived clam was…

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