The Dwell Podcast: What Do Oysters Have to do With Homebuilding?

The Dwell Podcast: What Do Oysters Have to do With Homebuilding?

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By Jenny Xie
Clams, oysters, and their kin have played a surprising part in how and what we build.

At 507 years old, Ming the Clam was thought to be the oldest animal in the world when it died in 2006—reportedly at the hands of researchers who were trying to determine the Icelandic clam’s age. But the afterlives of Ming and its fellow mollusks as common building materials has a vastly longer, albeit not very well known, history.

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