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Mammals and Fishes
Extreme old age is not confined to humanity alone.
Many mammals and fishes live to a great age. The
elephant and whale often pass the century mark. The
crocodile and the tortoise Cturtlesj keep on growing
as long as they live, which is often 100 to 150 years.
The pike and the carp score the century and a half
mark. Even the lowly sea-anemone has been known
to live in captivity 55 years.
The parrot may reach 100 years: the raven, 50,
the blue macaw, 645 the eagle-owl, 533 the heron, 60,
the swan, 70, and the goose, 80 years.
The most remarkable longevity is found in the life
of trees. The oak, cedar, and many hardwood trees
live many centuries. But the giant trees, the Sequoia
Gigantea of California, surpass all organic life in age.
The giant of the forest at Wawoiia, California, was
a hundred feet tall when Noah began to build his
ark. It was over 1,000 years old when Abraham went
to Egypt and Sodom and Gomorrha were destroyed
by fire. It was a giant tree when the Egyptian pyra-
mids under Rameses Il. were built. It was 200 feet
tall when Solomon built his temple, and was 100
feet in circumference when the Norsemen discovered
America, nearly 1,000 years ago. These trees are
survivors of the tertiary times and are probably as
old as the creation of Adam, as they occur in a fossil
state in the polar regions in British Columbia and in
Longevity depends on heredity, physical surround-
ings, environment, including temperature, slow
growth, and late reproduction.
Why Do We Grow Old?
To discuss longevity scientifically requires some
consideration of the "vital phenomena" called life,
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By Winslow Anderson, A. M., M. D., M. R., C. P.,
Longevity is indeed a Strange and difficult problem.-flfinol.
N'l'IilDll'.l,'Vl.'XN human life, we are informed by
lloly Writ, reached nearly to 1,000 years. Methusalah
lived to be 000. llis grandfather, jared, reached 0073
years, and the first man, although created full grown,
lived to be 0530 years. Noah was 000 years old before
the flood, and he lived 350 yearsafter it.
The postdilnvians reached only about half the span
of human life that was enjoyed by their Noachian
predecessors. ,Father Abraham, who Hourished about
23,000 years ago, was only 175 years of age at his
death, although Sarah bore him a son when she was
near 00, .-X few centuries later-about 23,500 years
ago-we find that Moses died at 120 and his virgin
sister, Miriam. at l250 years of age. 'l'hree thousand
years ago, so far as history records itself, men lived
no longer than they do today. King David, for
instance. died when he was '70, and his son Solomon
at 58. Mohammed and Confucius, about 73,500 years
ago, lived to be 02 and 70 respectively, whereas
lflerodotus, the fireek historian of 73,400 years ago,
recorded 01 years.
The shortest age of human life was reached about
400 years ago, when the average of all born was
between IS and 20 years. Some years ago the
average life had increased to 30 years, andlnow it has
been extended to -I0 years. Many within the past
century have reached 100 years, and several S0 and
00 years. Bismarck, Gladstone, Oliver Wendell
Holmes, and l.i 'l lung Chang were over S0 when they
died. Several Californians have lived to be consider-
ably over 100 years old.
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DR. WINSLOW ANDERSON
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