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7 Animals With the Longest Life Spans

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7 Animals With the Longest Life Spans

Text by Bryan Nelson, MNN

There are tortoises alive today that were 25 to 50 years old when Charles Darwin was born. There are whales swimming the oceans with 200-year-old ivory spear points embedded in their flesh. There are cold-water sponges that were filter-feeding during the days of the Roman Empire. In fact, there are a number of creatures with life spans that make the oldest living human seem like a spring chicken in comparison. Here’s our list of the 7 animals with the longest life spans.

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8:38AM PST on Mar 8, 2013

aww

6:29PM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Very cooool!!! We are so inferior to our animal counterparts...no competion...

6:26PM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Tuataras are cool, they have them in New Zealand, they really do look like mini-dinosaurs. They blend in to the trees and stay so still you really have to look hard to see them.

6:15PM PST on Mar 7, 2013

so cool, who knows someday the people live a little more like they.

7:05AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

and yet, we're shortening their life span so much!

6:27AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Thank you.

6:27AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Interesting!

6:27AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Thank you very much!

6:24AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

That is some wow factor facts!

6:20AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

so many cold blooded animals and invertebrates.

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