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Long-Lived Clam Yields Valuable Historic Data

By Marine Science Today 2016-12-30 19:07:05

Researchers from Cardiff University are learning about the history of the ocean from the longest-living animal on Earth: the quahog. You might remember the headlines from a few years ago when scientists discovered Ming, a 507-year-old quahog who was named for the Chinese dynasty in power when the animal was born. Like other bivalves, quahogs have growth rings that can be used to determine the animal’s age and learn a little about their histories. Given that quahogs can live for 500+ years, researchers...

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