João Pedro Magalhães, researcher in the Biology of Aging, suggests, in work published in the June edition of the magazine "Experimental Gerontology" and entitled "The evolution of mammalian aging", that the study of certain species of reptiles and amphibians that apparently do not age could lead to discoveries about aging.
For this Portuguese scientist the secret of eternal youth could be in the relationship, already scientifically shown, between the size and longevity of different species and the fact that animals of bigger species live longer and age more slowly.
According to these studies, carried out with the collaboration of Olivier Toussaint, the most accelerated examples of aging in mammals could be connected to the fact that after their evolution from reptiles they spent close to 100 million years as small animals and therefore with shorter longevity.
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