Scientists Discover A 512-Year-Old Shark, Which Makes It The Oldest Living Vertebrate On The Planet

His estimated age means he was born way back in the 1500s!


Can there really be a living higher animal that’s over five centuries old? It may seem impossible, but scientists have discovered one such beast living in the Northern Atlantic Ocean: a Greenland Shark. It’s long been known that this particular shark is older than most, but scientists had no idea just how old he was until recently. Now that they’ve pinpointed his age to be 512 years old, he’s claimed the title of world’s oldest living vertebrate.

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