Monday, December 28, 2009

The Oldest Living Things in the World

9,500 year old Clonal Spruce

Photographer Rachel Sussman travels the world taking pictures of organisms that have been alive for thousands of years — from trees and bushes to lichen and moss - and even bacteria that has survived over 400,000 years.

Welwitschia Mirabilis, 2,000 years old

Siberian Actinobacteria, about 400,000 years old

More information about the organisms, the project, and her travels is available at Sussman's blog and The Long Now Foundation blog .

5 comments:

Sycamore Moon Studios said...

Thanks for sharing this information. Very interesting.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Cool!

Bridgett said...

So what exactly is that second photo?

Hard to believe these things have been around so long. Amazing.

Jeanne said...

The second photo is of a plant that only grows in the Namib Desert of Namibia and Angola in Africa. It absorbs water through its leaves. And is considered a living fossil. :0)

Yarni Gras! said...

cool...I love learning new things.......