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Why do animals have such different lifespans? – Joao Pedro de Magalhaes

Why do animals have such different lifespans? – Joao Pedro de Magalhaes

For the microscopic lab worm, C. elegans life equates to just a few short weeks on Earth. Compare that with the tortoise, which can age to more than 100 years. Mice and rats reach the end of their lives after just four years, while for the bowhead whale, Earth’s longest-lived mammal, death can come after …