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This 512-Year-Old GreenLand Shark Is The Oldest Living Vertebrate On The Planet

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It's hard to imagine anything still alive that was born in 1505. That was the year that Martin Luther became a monk and King Henry VIII called off his engagement with Catherine of Aragon... in short, a bloody long time ago. But that's exactly what scientists believe they have found in the form of one massive Greenland shark swimming in the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean. The shark is estimated to be up to 512 years old, which would make it the oldest living vertebrate in the world and even older than Shakespeare. And you thought turning 30 made you ancient.

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