Scientists have accidentally killed the world’s oldest animal while trying to work out its age.
“We’ve had emails accusing us of being clam murderers,” confirmed a regretful Professor from Bangor University in Wales.
Why all the calamity? It has been revealed that Ming the clam, originally from Iceland, was 507 when it died: 100 years older than originally thought after it was first studied in 2007.
This means that Ming was by far the oldest living animal on record.
The new finding comes from a study of the number of rings on its shell – with each year of life, a new ring is added.
Unfortunately, the clam had to be opened in order to obtain the fragments of shell needed for the study, and in the process it died.