Oldest Living Creatures on Earth Quiz

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Can you name the longest-living creatures on earth? Take this quiz and see how well you know these things that have practically lived forever.

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Packy (left) and Rose-Tu, two Asian elephants at the Oregon Zoo. cc2.0




True or False?

1. Sea sponges have been around for 999 million years.

 True

 False

 

2. Jonathan, a Seychelles giant tortoise, is the only tortoise to have lived to be over a hundred.

 True

 False

 

3. Guinness World Records considers Bluey, an Australian cattle dog, to be the oldest dog, at 29 years 5 months.

 True

 False

 

4. There’s no record for the oldest living cat, given that cats live nine lives.

 True

 False

 

5. The coelacanths are so old they were thought to be extinct.

 True

 False

 

6. The longest-living bird is the phoenix.

 True

 False

 

7. Elephants can live up to 70 years old and Packy, an Asian elephant at the Oregon Zoo, currently holds the record of oldest living elephant, at 52 years old.

 True

 False

 

8. Granny, the oldest known living killer whale, is estimated to be 103 years old.

 True

 False

 

9. Misao Okawam born in 1898 in Japan, is considered to be the oldest living human being.

 True

 False

 

10. Jeanne Calment of France holds the record for the human to have lived the longest. She died at the age of 127 years.

 True

 False




Answers to the Oldest Living Creatures on Earth Quiz:

1. False. The earliest sponges emerged some 580 million years ago. Some even claim they may have evolved at least 700 million years ago, but definitely not 999 million years.
2. False. Tortoises, depending on the species, can live from thirty to over a hundred years.
3. True.
4. False. Cats having multiple lives is a myth. The oldest living cat is Tiffany Two from San Diego, and she’s 26 years old as of October 2014.
5. True.
6. False. A phoenix is an ancient character in medieval literature — it never actually existed. The oldest living bird on record is Cookie, Major Mitchell’s cockatoo.
7. True.
8. True.
9. True.
10. True.

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