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Red coral can live for five hundred years


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Coral living in deeper waters have longer lives.

Red coral live at depths of over half a mile deep.

Natural selection favors long lifespans in stable environments.

Longest-lived marine species was a sponge (Monorhaphis chuni) that was estimated to be 11,000 years old.

The study was published in the Proceedings B journal.

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Professor of Environmental Studies at University of Colorado Boulder.


Endeavour Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Queensland.


Journal providing information on research in biological sciences.