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Originally posted by krax
wow, thats really intresting, prehaps one day we will evolve in a simalar way, so we in theory can live forever, this is indeed very intresting.
Originally posted by Nygdan
This is not true. THe page also claims that fish and amphibians don't die of old age either. THis is simply untrue. THey might not enter a stage in their later years where they are markedly different, like humans, but they certainly aren't immortal. If that was the case, then pet turtles would pretty much never die. Especially ones at zoos and the like, if only predation and diseases in the wild were killing them.
Also, consider, if they're 150 years old, and die from a cough or the cold, then what does that mean, that they've never had a cough or a cold or other disease before? That for 150 years, they managed to avoid any kind of dangerous disease, and then all of a suddent finally came across one that could kill them? No, they got old, and died from a disease, because they were old and weak.
Also, just think about it, turtles have existed for millenia. If the only way to get rid of turtles was for them to be attacked by super deadly diseases or to be eaten, then either there'd be nothing on earth but turtles, or turtles'd have ot be the crappiest and most incompetent animals out there, to be dying in such tremendous numbers.
[edit on 8-12-2006 by Nygdan]
Originally posted by dave_54
As any multicellular living organism ages the cells become less efficient. The normal defenses and repair mechanisms slow down and don't work as well. So at some point a minor infection or injury that a young healthy body would quickly fix by itself becomes life ending in an older individual.