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October 20, 2020 - 24/7 Wall St.

50 Longest-Living Animals in the World

50 Longest-Living Animals in the World
Common scrub molluskFile Image: (c) Photabulous!

How long can a creature on Earth live? Animals living on the land, in the air, and in water can, under the right circumstances, live for many decades or even centuries. The oldest-documented creature, a clam named Ming the Mollusk, lived for 507 years.

Ming was born in 1499, seven years after Christopher Columbus first arrived in North America. We don’t know how much longer Ming would have lived if researchers trying to determine its age in 2006 had not opened the clam and in the process killed it. Ming’s fate is an example of an unfortunate encounter between people and animals — these are animals humans are driving to extinction.

To find the 50 longest living animals in the world, 24/7 Tempo reviewed data in the Human Ageing Genomic Resources database collection — specifically, the AnAge animal longevity database.

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