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Scientists discover oldest living animal....and then kill it to find out its age.

 
then eat it..fried
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A clam that lived on the seabed in the frigid waters off Iceland's north coast has been hailed as the longest-lived animal ever discovered.

The mollusc, which is thought to have lurked beneath the waves until at least the age of 405, would have been a juvenile when Galileo picked up his first telescope, Hamlet was first staged and the gunpowder plot failed to blow up King James I.

The Arctica islandica clam was plucked from 80m-deep water by researchers at Bangor University in Wales, who were dredging the north Iceland shelf for the creatures. By studying their shells, the scientists hope to learn how the marine environment has changed in recent centuries.

The clam was alive when it was brought to the surface, but at that point, the researchers had no idea how old it was. Only after cutting through the shell and counting annual growth rings under a microscope did they date the mollusc to between 405 to 410 years old.

"Its death is an unfortunate aspect of this work, but we hope to derive lots of information from it," said Al Wanamaker, a postdoctoral scientist on the university's Arctica team. "For our work it's a bonus, but it wasn't good for this particular animal."

Marine biologists are unclear why the particular species of clam, Arctica islandica, is so long-lived. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the current claim for the oldest animal goes to another Arctica clam that lived for 220 years, though an unofficial record is held by yet another that lived to 374 years old.
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mengele bastards!
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Probably could've live another 400 years if it had not encountered man.
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And that's why I hope they never fine the Loch Ness Monster. They'll kill her and dissect her.

wtf
Well it seems so real I can see it
And it seems so real I can feel it
And it seems so real I can taste it
And it seems so real I can hear it
So why can't I touch it?
So why can't I touch it?


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And that's why I hope they never fine the Loch Ness Monster. They'll kill her and dissect her.

wtf
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and serve it at a soup kitchen.
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Title is misleading.

should read

Scientists dredge up clam...cut it open and discover oldest living animal.

big deal.


that night 35,000 clams are served in restaurants in the NE.
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Death in the name of science. No reverance for life.
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A clam that lived on the seabed in the frigid waters off Iceland's north coast has been hailed as the longest-lived animal ever discovered.

The mollusc, which is thought to have lurked beneath the waves until at least the age of 405, would have been a juvenile when Galileo picked up his first telescope, Hamlet was first staged and the gunpowder plot failed to blow up King James I.

The Arctica islandica clam was plucked from 80m-deep water by researchers at Bangor University in Wales, who were dredging the north Iceland shelf for the creatures. By studying their shells, the scientists hope to learn how the marine environment has changed in recent centuries.

The clam was alive when it was brought to the surface, but at that point, the researchers had no idea how old it was. Only after cutting through the shell and counting annual growth rings under a microscope did they date the mollusc to between 405 to 410 years old.

"Its death is an unfortunate aspect of this work, but we hope to derive lots of information from it," said Al Wanamaker, a postdoctoral scientist on the university's Arctica team. "For our work it's a bonus, but it wasn't good for this particular animal."

Marine biologists are unclear why the particular species of clam, Arctica islandica, is so long-lived. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the current claim for the oldest animal goes to another Arctica clam that lived for 220 years, though an unofficial record is held by yet another that lived to 374 years old.
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Oh, clam up! tomato
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Title is misleading.

should read

Scientists dredge up clam...cut it open and discover oldest living animal.

big deal.


that night 35,000 clams are served in restaurants in the NE.
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The lobster trap on beach st
in Mo Beach has the best sea food
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Wait till you hear of what they'll do if they capture the OT god in person!
Maybe that's why he went into hiding and after seeing how his son was treated, even 2,000+ years ago.....he'll be a damn fool to show up anywhere personally.
Perhaps, only after no one is left on earth who'll even dare argue with him, will it really be safe.
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They really, really HAD to know how old it was?
And just what conribution to science did this make.

The idiots!
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They really, really HAD to know how old it was?
And just what conribution to science did this make.

The idiots!
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AMAZING! Zetas right AGAIN!
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"........to see how marine environment has changed in recent centuries"

Did ya need to kill the oldest living creature to know that???? Couldn't you count the layers on sea rocks? I hope someone plucks them deprives them of life . Better yet, I hope they become the next tell tale victims of alien probing.....go ahead, tell us how old the probe tool is asswipes.
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10/29/2007 04:32 PM
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That's fucking sickening. This article really inferiates me to no point. Modern scientist, what a fucking joke. They are nothing more than idiots who stumble onto something and recreate it.


Goes along perfectly with the lowly educated humans plagueing earth right now. If you don't understand it, kill it or say its wrong.....
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I have a demented sense of humor.

Am I rotten because I think it's kinda funny?
This thread needs more cowbell!

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No, there's humor in knowning these 'scientist' are the same who sets teh foundation of education (along with the owned national association of education)

I have a demented sense of humor.

Am I rotten because I think it's kinda funny?
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10/29/2007 04:59 PM
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In the long run, science will kill mankind..
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