And kill it

Boffins dredge up oldest living animal | The Register:

The ocean quahog clam was dredged up off the coast of Iceland, and researchers calculated its age by counting the rings on its shell. Professor Chris Richardson, from Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences explained that the rings on the clam’s shell provide researchers with information about growth conditions year-by-year, and so provide a record of the environmental changes during the animal’s life.

Reminiscent of the death of (probably) the oldest bristlecone pine.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: