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omegaman 11-18-2013 03:33 PM

Scientists claim world's oldest creature (shame they killed it finding out)
 
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57...t-finding-out/

LCARS 24 11-18-2013 05:20 PM

Yeah, I saw that on Yahoo! Fortunately, there are more of them.

Humans--a crass act!

Now, what are the largest known living things on Earth? (The most famous example is estimated at 106 acres, 6 million kg, 80,000 years old.)

USS_Essex 11-19-2013 07:34 AM

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Originally Posted by LCARS 24 (Post 330136)
Yeah, I saw that on Yahoo! Fortunately, there are more of them.

Humans--a crass act!

Now, what are the largest known living things on Earth? (The most famous example is estimated at 106 acres, 6 million kg, 80,000 years old.)

Isn't that the algae thing somewhere in the pacific? Forget what it's called and where it is exactly. Or that plant in Angkor Wat?

LCARS 24 11-19-2013 09:16 AM

Pando looks like a lot of separate trees and doesn't look particularly old, but they're all part of a single entity called a clonal colony of a single male quaking aspen in Utah, and it's the root system they share that is estimated to be about 80,000 years old. Its status as a single entity is determined by DNA. And there are probably a few somewhere in the world even larger yet to be discovered and hopefully not destroyed. I don't recall its ever being mentioned on Trek, although it certainly seems worthy. When I see the listed dimensions and mass of a Federation starship, I think of Pando, which is much larger yet with much lower estimated mass. Supposedly starships in coming centuries will be made largely of graphene, which is 200 times as strong as steel by weight. But already carbon-fiber automobile body panels are much lighter than their steel counterparts, although so far much more expensive.

Pando, Wikipedia

Roysten 11-19-2013 10:53 AM

That is quite incredible, be good find out what mechanisms allowed it to get to that sort of age. And though accidental it was somewhat poor show of the over zealous scientists, I hope the clam didn't suffer in their probing efforts.

omegaman 11-19-2013 12:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Roysten (Post 330142)
That is quite incredible, be good find out what mechanisms allowed it to get to that sort of age. And though accidental it was somewhat poor show of the over zealous scientists, I hope the clam didn't suffer in their probing efforts.

Never met a probe that didn't hurt!

Captain Tom Coughlin 11-19-2013 12:37 PM

And so begins the great Clam war of the early 21 century. The clams were a sleeping Giant, but now they are awake!


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