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What are the oldest living animals in the world?

24 February 2017, 3:25 pm

​Scientific studies of elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) in the Caribbean and off the coast of Florida show that coral genotypes can survive longer than expected. Genotype refers to the genetic makeup of an organism.

Scientists now believe that some corals can live for up to 5,000 years, making them the longest living animals on Earth.

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Original article: What are the oldest living animals in the world?