Monday, October 29, 2007

Hairy clam years

Now, if you had just discovered the oldest animal on the planet, what would you call it? Yes, that's right: Ming.
A clam dredged up off the coast of Iceland is thought to have been the longest-lived creature discovered.

Scientists said the mollusc, an ocean quahog clam, was aged between 405 and 410 years and could offer insights into the secrets of longevity.

Researchers from Bangor University in north Wales said they calculated its age by counting rings on its shell.

The clam, nicknamed Ming after the Chinese dynasty in power when it was born, was in its infancy when Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne and Shakespeare was writing plays such as Othello and Hamlet.

So, a clam found off the coast of Iceland and examined at a Welsh university is named Ming, after a Chinese dynasty; and the name is definitely not anything to do with the former leader of the LibDems.

Yeah, pull the other one: it's got bells on...

1 comment:

Roger Thornhill said...

They called it "Ming"?

Maybe they just cannot spell.

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