Study: Some sharks alive today were born before George Washington

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  1. zrinkill

    zrinkill Well-Known Member

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    The Greenland shark has long been belittled as sluggish, homely and dim-witted. But now the species can demand respect: scientists say it is the planet’s longest-lived vertebrate, or animal with a backbone.

    Eight of 28 Greenland sharks profiled in a new study in today’s Science were 200 years or older, by scientists’ best estimates. One enormous female was aged at least 270 when she was caught - and she may well have been 390. That would make her possible birth date in the era of Rembrandt and Galileo.

    Study: Some sharks alive today were born before George Washington
     
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  2. TumblingDice

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    Heard this on radio today. Pretty cool stuff. Animals are fascinating. The story of the monarch butterflies is super cool. I like to watch nature shows. Miracles of nature are all around us. It helps with life perspective given the crazy world we live in.
     
  3. Yosemite Sam

    Yosemite Sam Well-Known Member

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    Awesome stuff zrinkill. Thanks for sharing.
     

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