The oldest living things in the world is a book by rachel sussman with essays by hans ulrich obrist carl zimmer. Since 2004 ive been researching working with biologists and traveling the world to photograph continuously living organisms 2000 years old and older the oldest living things in the world the work spans disciplines continents and millennia its part art and part science has an innate environmentalism and is underscored by an existential incursion into deep time. Sussman has written movingly about the loss of the 3500 year old senator tree in orlando destroyed in a fire that was almost certainly set on purpose the oldest living things in the world . Methuselah a great basin bristlecone pine pinus longaeva is measured by ring count to be 4851 years old this is the oldest known tree in north america and the oldest known living individual nonclonal tree in the world the cypress of abarkuh is estimated to be between 2000 and 5000 years old. Environment what is the oldest living thing in the world some of the oldest things on earth are thought to be thousands of years old a great basin bristlecone pine christened methuselah is thought to be the oldest living individual tree at about 5000 years old
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