"Ever wondered about the secret to a long life? Perhaps understanding the
lifespans of other animals with backbones (or “vertebrates”) might help us
unlock this mystery.
You’ve probably heard turtles live a long (and slow) life. At 190 years,
Jonathan the Seychelles giant tortoise might be the oldest land animal alive.
But why do some animals live longer than others?
Research published today by myself and colleagues in the journal Science
investigates the various factors that may affect longevity (lifespan) and
ageing in reptiles and amphibians.
We used long-term data from 77 different species of reptiles and amphibians –
all cold-blooded animals. Our work is a collaboration between more than 100
scientists with up to 60 years of data on animals that were caught, marked,
released and re-caught.
These data were then compared to existing information on warm-blooded animals,
and several different ideas about ageing emerged."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics