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Fri Aug 12, 2016, 10:40 AM

 

Talk About An Ancient Mariner! Greenland Shark Is At Least 272 Years Old

Sharks can live to be at least 272 years old in the Arctic seas, and scientists say one recently caught shark may have lived as long as 512 years.

That's according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science that says Greenland sharks can live longer than any other known animal advanced enough to have a backbone. Until now, the record-holder for the oldest vertebrate was the bowhead whale, known to have lived up to 211 years.

The Greenland shark, a massive carnivore that can be more than 16 feet long, hasn't been studied much, and its life in the cold northern waters remains largely mysterious. Julius Nielsen, at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, says there had been some hints that Greenland sharks grow very slowly, perhaps less than a centimeter per year. That suggested the huge sharks might be ancient.

"We only expected that the sharks might be very old," says Nielsen. "But we did not know in advance. And it was, of course, a very big surprise to learn that it was actually the oldest vertebrate animal."


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http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/08/11/489229041/talk-about-an-ancient-mariner-greenland-shark-is-at-least-272-years-old

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cali Aug 2016 OP
MineralMan Aug 2016 #1
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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Aug 12, 2016, 10:43 AM

1. Well, the one they caught won't live any longer.

But, it was really old. Maybe they can kill one that's even older...

Uff da!

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 12, 2016, 10:47 AM

2. yes, Uff da! to fascinating science stories.

 

PA MM.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Aug 12, 2016, 11:21 AM

3. Where's the Trump boys

This, obviously, is a trophy that needs to be killed.

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