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The World’s Oldest Living Creature Accidentally Killed by Researchers

This is Ming, an ocean quahog from near Iceland that researchers until recently believed to be about 402 years old. Evidently, you can tell exactly how old quahogs are by the number of rings on their shells, so researchers decided to confirm their suspicions by prying Ming open and getting an accurate count. They figured out that Ming is actually a jaw-dropped 507 years old, but in the process, they also killed Ming. So, more accurately, this was Ming. She was the world’s oldest living thing, until scientists killed her …

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