Monday, October 29, 2007

Ocean's oldest...

Or at least the oldest we know about! "A clam dredged up off the coast of Iceland is thought to have been the longest-lived animal discovered." [BBC link] Scientists said the mollusc, an ocean quahog clam, was aged between 405 and 410 years and could offer insights into the secrets of longevity.
"When this animal was a juvenile, King James I replaced Queen Elizabeth I as English monarch, Shakespeare was writing his greatest plays Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth and Giordano Bruno was burnt at the stake for espousing the view that the Sun rather than the Earth was the centre of the universe."
[Bangor University] What concerns me is that the Bangor University spokesman said that they had received money from the Help The Aged (UK charity) to fund part of the research; now I know that, in simple terms, the work is investigating what makes us grow old but surely Help the Aged should be doing more 'current' work..i.e. helping the aged!


Paul said...

No, no, no. We don't want people living for 410 years. Put the clam down and move away from the microscope now!

I love the way that Scientists try and put things into historical context. There's the old Quahog clam just kicking back thinking to itself, "I wonder if that chap Shakespeare has finished another play yet."

Shame about old Giordano Bruno though.

Span Ows said...

I agree both re 'leaving well alone' and Bruno - another great mind put to death by religous loonies.