[extropy-chat] Bowhead Whales May be the World's Oldest Mammals

Russell Wallace russell.wallace at gmail.com
Wed Mar 28 21:58:35 UTC 2007

On 3/27/07, Amara Graps <amara at amara.com> wrote:
> I wonder what the the anti-aging scientists can learn from the Bowhead
> whales? I don't buy the 'stress' argument, given below; it should
> shorten the ages, instead. There must be another key to their long life.

The two kinds of mammals I previously knew of with anomalously long
lifespans are bats and humans, and in both cases the reason is slow
reproduction creating a selection pressure for long life. Do bowhead whales
reproduce unusually slowly for some reason?
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