Which of the following is the oldest creature that has ever lived?
Betsey the Giant Tortoise
Answer: “Ming the clam” has been confirmed by researchers as the oldest creature that ever lived. Ming was the name given to a mollusk that was dredged off the coast of Iceland in 2006 and whose age was calculated by counting annual growth lines in the shell. Ming was unfortunately killed by researchers when they opened its shell. Following analysis, experts from Bangor University determined Ming was born in 1499, making it 507 when it was found. It was named after the Chinese Ming dynasty, which was still in power while it was alive.
The Aldabra giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea), from the islands of the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles, is one of the largest tortoises in the world. Historically, giant tortoises were on many of the western Indian Ocean islands, as well as Madagascar, and the fossil record indicates giant tortoises once occurred on every continent and many islands with the exception of Australia and Antarctica.