Freshwater polyp – The Animal that Lives Forever
Hydra magnipapillata, or the Freshwater polyp has been proven to live forever! This lifeform is not affected by the aging process and can live forever. Find out more about it right here.
A team of biologists from the University of Southern Denmark have concluded that Hydra magnipapillata is almost completely unaffected by the aging process. The team of researchers have studied the aging process in 46 species, including mammals, plants and algae.
The results of the study were astonishing to say the least. Some organisms such as tortoises and certain trees grow stronger with age, where as mammals and birds lose strength and become more vulnerable with age. The scientists studied aging in species such as oak trees and seaweed, lice, lions and baboons.
The coolest thing revealed in this study is the fact that the freshwater polyp has constant low mortality and in laboratory conditions its risk of dying is so low that it is effectively immortal.
Many other species show no change, or very little change in their mortality rate, species such as The freshwater polyp Hydra magnipapillata has constant low mortality and in laboratory conditions its risk of dying is so low that it is effectively immortal.
The Hydra magnipapillata, is a microscopic animal with a tube-like body comprised of tentacles, a mouth and adhesive foot.
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Written with love and coolness by crissa on December 18, 2013 in Amazing Stuff
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