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Eye lens radiocarbon reveals centuries of longevity in the Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus)

Overview of attention for article published in Science, August 2016
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Title
Eye lens radiocarbon reveals centuries of longevity in the Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus)
Published in
Science, August 2016
DOI 10.1126/science.aaf1703
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Authors

Julius Nielsen, Rasmus B. Hedeholm, Jan Heinemeier, Peter G. Bushnell, Jørgen S. Christiansen, Jesper Olsen, Christopher Bronk Ramsey, Richard W. Brill, Malene Simon, Kirstine F. Steffensen, John F. Steffensen, Nielsen, Julius, Hedeholm, Rasmus B, Heinemeier, Jan, Bushnell, Peter G, Christiansen, Jørgen S, Olsen, Jesper, Ramsey, Christopher Bronk, Brill, Richard W, Simon, Malene, Steffensen, Kirstine F, Steffensen, John F, J. Nielsen, R. B. Hedeholm, J. Heinemeier, P. G. Bushnell, J. S. Christiansen, J. Olsen, C. B. Ramsey, R. W. Brill, M. Simon, K. F. Steffensen, J. F. Steffensen

Abstract

The Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus), an iconic species of the Arctic Seas, grows slowly and reaches >500 centimeters (cm) in total length, suggesting a life span well beyond those of other vertebrates. Radiocarbon dating of eye lens nuclei from 28 female Greenland sharks (81 to 502 cm in total length) revealed a life span of at least 272 years. Only the smallest sharks (220 cm or less) showed signs of the radiocarbon bomb pulse, a time marker of the early 1960s. The age ranges of prebomb sharks (reported as midpoint and extent of the 95.4% probability range) revealed the age at sexual maturity to be at least 156 ± 22 years, and the largest animal (502 cm) to be 392 ± 120 years old. Our results show that the Greenland shark is the longest-lived vertebrate known, and they raise concerns about species conservation.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Germany 2 1%
Brazil 2 1%
Japan 2 1%
United States 2 1%
Iceland 1 <1%
Portugal 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Mexico 1 <1%
Other 3 2%
Unknown 132 89%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 39 26%
Student > Ph. D. Student 31 21%
Student > Master 27 18%
Student > Bachelor 10 7%
Other 9 6%
Other 32 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 84 57%
Environmental Science 21 14%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 11 7%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 8 5%
Unspecified 5 3%
Other 19 13%

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