Capturing the World’s Oldest Living Things

American photographer Rachel Sussman has spent the last few years travelling all over the world to photograph the world’s oldest living things. (Above is La Lareta in Chile’s Atacama desert, believed to be about 3 000 years old.) From the article:

“It’s been a fantastic learning experience and so unexpected,” said Sussman. “[These organisms] have never been catalogued in this way; there isn’t a global species longevity catalogue.”

Sussman’s ancient organisms are continuously living and are genetically identical individuals.

So far, she has shot more than 25 different species of plant or organism, each being older than 2,000 years — “I wanted to start with the idea of ‘year zero’ ” — with the oldest being actinobacteria from the permafrost of Siberia estimated to be around 500,000 years old.

Capturing the World’s Oldest Living Things [CNN] [Thanks, Dad!]


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