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Life span

Life span is one of the most important parameters of any living organism.

Plants generally live longer than animals though this is not always the case. For instance, a turtle lives longer than rice.

Some typical life spans:

  • Homo sapiens sapiens lives from 37 years in Zambia to 85 years in Japan.
Maximal age recorded by any living human is 138 years, though some people in Asia are reported to have lived over 150 years.

  • Blue whales can live from 40 to 80 years.

  • Dogs live up to 25 years.

  • Virus does not have a limited life span. Since it gets copied and reproduced whenever it is not just a particle, some biologists argue that its living span is much greater than that of a typical bacterium, and even greater than that of a multicelular organism

  • Baobab can live 4000 years. It outlives olive trees, domesticated in the Mediteranian. It is interesting to note that many olive trees were alive and nurtured by acient Greeks - a stunning fact which illustrates the differences in the life spans.

  • Many corals live over 100,000 years. However, there is no concensus among marine biologists how to determine age of a coral, and whether or not it is really a single organism.

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