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The coelacanth may live for a century


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A "living fossil" fish can live for an impressively long time - perhaps for up to a century, according to a new study.

The coelacanth was thought to have a life span of around 20 years, but new estimates suggest it is a centenarian of the ocean, alongside sharks.

French researchers studied marks on the scales of museum specimens - much like tree rings tell the age of trees.

They believe the fish reproduces only in late middle age and can be pregnant for as long as five years.


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The fact that they don't reach sexual maturity until thier 60's makes it hard to believe that they only live to be 100, I feel like it must be an even longer lifespan than that and a higher degree of developmental intelligence than is presumed for this to make sense. 

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This is a very strange life cycle, indeed, if the numbers are even close to accurate.

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