22 Incredibly Old Living Things

Rachel Sussman has been traveling the world for the past few years photographing some of the oldest living things on Earth. Here’s a look at some of what she’s found. posted on

22. Welwitschia; 2,000 years old

Namib Naukluft Desert, Namibia

21. Sagole Baobab; 2,000 years old

Limpopo Province, South Africa

20. Brain Coral; 2,000 years old

Speyside, Tobago

19. Sentinel Tree; 2,150 years old

Sequoia National Park, CA

18. Patagonian Cypress; 2,200 years old

Alerce Costero National Monument, Chile

17. Armillaria Ostoyae; 2,400 years old

Malhuer National Forest, OR

16. Fortingall Yew; 2-5,000 years old

Perthshire, Scotland

15. Jomon Sugi Japanese Cedar; 2,000-7,000 years old

Yaku Shima, Japan

14. Chestnut Tree; 3,000 years old

Sant A’lfio, Sicily

13. Olive Tree; 3,000 years old

Ano Vouves, Crete

12. La Llareta; 3,000 years old

Atacama Desert, Chile

11. Bald Cyprus; 3,500 years old

Seminole County, FL

10. Bristlecone Pine; 5,000 years old

White Mountains, CA

9. Spruce Gran Picea; 9,500 years old

Fulufjället, Sweden

8. Antarctic Beech; 12,000 years old

7. Clonal Mojave Yucca; 12,000 years old

Mojave Desert, CA

6. Clonal Creosote Bush; 12,000 years old

Mojave Desert, CA

5. Underground Forest; 13,000 years old

Pretoria, South Africa

4. Lomatia Tasmanica; 43,600 years old

3. Clonal Quaking Aspens; 80,000 years old

Fish Lake, UT

2. Posidonia Oceania Sea Grass; 100,000 years old

Balearic Islands, Spain

1. Siberian Actinobacteria; 400,000-600,000 years old

Neils Bohr Institute, Copenhagen

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