Why do sea turtles live for so long?



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    If we knew the answer to that, a lot of problems would probably be solved. Scientists study animal longevity quite intensively for obvious reasons–someday perhaps the lessons learned from other species we may be able to apply to our own–but still haven’t come up with any definitive discoveries. There are some leads, though. Animals with slower metabolisms tend to live longer. Turtles, and especially tortoises, have very slow metabolisms. Giant tortoises have been known to commonly live a year or more without food, for example. 

    Also check into the naked mole rat, as I know a lot of research on longevity has been conducted on them.

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