512-Year-Old Shark, Believed To Be Oldest Living Vertebrate, Found In North Atlantic #FACTS
DEC. 14, 2017. #Researchers
have found an ancient #shark
in the North Atlantic, believed to be 512 years old, which could be the oldest living vertebrate in the world. While the #animal
was discovered months ago, its potential age was revealed in a study in #thejournalScience
found an 18-foot #Greenlandshark
his team had been studying was at least 272 years old and possibly as old as 512 years. While the exact time of the #discovery
remains unknown, the news resurfaced as Neilsen completed his PhD thesis on #Greenland
Earlier this year #professor #KimPraebel
from theArcticUniversity of #Norway
found that Greenland sharks could have a lifespan of up to 400 years. But the recent research proves that the species could live to be even older. With the help of a mathematical model analyzing the lens and the cornea that linked size with age, researchers found a way to predict age. The method to discover the age of the animal was determined last year.
By measuring the size of the recent Greenland shark found, researchers suggest the animal could have been born as early as 1505, making it even older than Shakespeare. Greenland sharks — also known as the #gurrysharks
are large sharks of the family Somniosidae — grow at a rate of one centimeter a year, enabling scientists to determine their age by measuring their size.
The shark that was found to be 512 years old was one of 28 Greenland sharks to be analyzed by the scientists. "It definitely tells us that this creature is extraordinary and it should be considered among the absolute oldest animals in the world," Nielsen said last year. #NINFONETWORK #FOODNINFO #ENTERTAINMENTNINFO #VEHICLENINFO #BUZZFEED #HUFFPOSTGRAM #NATGEO #LONDON #BERLIN #LA #NYC #SEAWORLD #NORDIC