Cetartiodactyls are relatively long-lived mammals. Most species live for at least a decade in the wild, and captivity usually prolongs life expectancy by several years. Cetaceans are especially long-lived; 116-year-old fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) have been reported from the wild and bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) may live up to 200 years.
- George, J., J. Bada, J. Zeh, L. Scott, S. Brown. 1999. ge and Growth Estimates of Bowhead Whales (Balaena mysticetus) Via Aspartic Acid Racemization. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 78: 1182-1198.
- Carey, J., D. Judge. 2002. "Longevity Records: Life Spans of Mammals, Birds, Amphibians, Reptiles, and Fish" (On-line). Accessed September 14, 2005 at http://www.demogr.mpg.de/.
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