Fri, Aug 12, 2016, 07:05 AM
The Greenland shark has long been belittled as sluggish, homely and dim-witted. But now the species can demand respect. Scientists say it is the planet’s longest-lived vertebrate, or animal with a backbone. Eight of 28 Greenland sharks profiled in a new study in today’s Science were 200 years or older, by scientists’ best estimates. One enormous female was aged at least 270 when she was caught-and she may well have been 390. That would make her possible birth date in the era of Rembrandt and Galileo.