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Longevity in vertebrates and other species

Robert Bradbury bradbury at sftwks.UUCP
Sun May 31 16:20:31 EST 1992

In article <1992May28.150102 at aifh.ed.ac.uk>
  bridget at aifh.ed.ac.uk (Bridget Hallam) writes:
>I want to know the vertebrate species with maximum and 
>minimum expected lifespans, for writing up a project about
>robots. Can anyone out there help? 

I'm not sure there is a concept of "minimum expected lifespan".
The maximum expected lifespans for a variety of species are:

	species			tmax, years
    Bristlecone pine			> 5,000
    Conifers and deciduous trees	300-1,500
    Bamboo (Phyllostachys)		<= 120
    Century plant (Agave)		> 100
    Puya raimondii			150
    Lobster				> 50-100
    Quahog				> 200
    Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens)	152
    Tortoise				> 150
    Rockfish				> 120
    Homo sapiens			> 110
    Dogfish				70
    Elephant				> 60
    Pilot whales			> 50
    Rinosceros unicornis		> 50
    Hippopotamous amphibius		> 45
    Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes)	> 40
    Ringed seal (Phoca hispida)		35
    Eels (Anguilla)			10-15
    Eels (Anguilla, spawning prevented)	60-80

There are many more.  The definitive reference on this is:
  Longevity, Senescence and the Genome (1990) by Caleb E Finch.
It is an amazing book with 680 pages of text and 160 pages of
bibliography.  Well worth reading for anyone interested in
the evolution of ageing.

Robert Bradbury			uunet!sftwks!bradbury

Death is an imposition on the human race, and no longer acceptable
				Alan Harrington, The Immortalist (1969)

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