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The Oldest Living Things in the World

Photographer Rachel Sussman travels around the world taking pictures of organisms that have been alive for thousands of years, and will still be around long after we're gone — from venerable bushes to bacteria that's survived over 400,000 years.

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

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The Oldest Living Things in the World [Rachel Sussman via The Long Now]

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La Llareta, up to 3,300 years old

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Sagole Baobab, 2,000 years old

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Clonal Creosote Bush, 12,000 years old

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Siberian Actinobacteria, about 400,000 years old

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Jomon Sugi Japanese Cedar, 7,000 years old

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Lichen R. Geographicum, about 3,000 years old

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Clonal Quaking Aspens, 80,000 years old

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Underground Forest, 13,000 years old

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Welwitschia Mirabilis, 2,000 years old

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Clonal Mojave Yucca, over 12,000 years old

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DISCUSSION

so, how do you know the age of a bacteria? Is it possible to do carbon datation in a living thing? And what is this underground forest, because in that picture looks nothing like a forest and I am not finding anything about in the google.