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Corals can live up to 5,000 years old.

Some coral reefs can live up to 5,000 years and are the longest living creatures on earth.

Some coral reefs can live up to 5,000 years and are the longest living creatures on earth.Scientific studies based on the DNA genome of corals in the Caribbean off the coast of Florida yielded results, that showed that corals can survive for over 5,000 years. This was determined after studying the reproduction cycle of the corals, based on the mutations that accumulated in the coral's genome. Thus, the approximate of those corals were derived in calendar years, and the results of this study were published in November 2016. The specific type of coral that was studied for this study was the elkhorn coral. These corals appear younger than they are, as they become smaller due to a process called fragmentation. The elkhorn coral has survived through various stages of environmental changes and has survived for over 5,000 years and are the longest living creatures to date.

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