What Is The Oldest Living Animal?
“Threescore and ten I can remember well:
Within the volume of which time I have seen
Hours dreadful and things strange; but this sore night
Hath trifled former knowings”.
Thus spoke Shakespeare in Macbeth
So are we to assume mans lifespan is 70 years? Well we know that has gone out of the window, for it is not uncommon for man to live a hundred years now and if things continue as they are do who knows maybe we can look forward to an average lifespan of 150 years or more?.
This led me to the question what is the longest lifespan of any animal?
An Elephant can live for 70 years the horse 50 years and the Hippopotamus 49 years, I don’t know why I included the Hippopotamus 49 years is not very long, I just like saying his name Hippopotamus, OK I promise I wont mention him any more.
The Turkey Buzzard lives for about 118 and the swan 102 so could it be that larger animals have a shorter lifespan? Well no, take the whale for example it can live for an incredible 139 years
But this is nothing compared to the Box Turtle, he can live for 123 years or more and his cousin the Giant Tortoise 152 years so it seems the slower you are, the longer you live, there is a lesson to be learnt there, so it could be that Harriet, a giant Galapagos Land tortoise is the world's oldest living creature she celebrated her 175th birthday recently.
Is the Tuatara the oldest living animal?
There is a lizard like reptile living in New Zealand called a Tuatara, he is only 80 cm long and his ancestors lived around 200 million years ago, he has a spiny crest along the top of his back and is where the name Tuatara comes in it’s from the Maori language, and means "peaks on the back” Tuataras can live to between 150 and 250 years, so is this the animal with the longest lifespan?
The answer is “no” that title just has to be the clam, a sea animal and it can live for up to 400 years.
But animals are a poor comparison to other living things, the Bristlecone pine plant can live for 4,700 years and another plant found in Tasmania called the Kings Holly lives to an estimated age of 43,000 years.
Scientists have found bacteria in the Antarctic Ice Sheet, in a place called Blood Falls that is thought to be 1.5 million years old, and finally some spores contained in sea salt in Carlsbad are claimed to be 250 million years old
All together now.
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