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Welwitschia mirablis (Rachel Sussman)

Photos of the World’s Oldest Living Things

Among the organisms documented by photographer Rachel Sussman are 80,000-year-old aspen trees and 600,000-year-old bacteria

Beech

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(Rachel Sussman)
This Antarctic beech has been living in Queensland, Australia, for about 12,000 years. It can reproduce clonally, sending up new shoots that are genetically identical, which helps account for its multiple trunks and longevity. “The Oldest Living Things are a striking contrast to the ever-increasing speed of the present,” Sussman says.

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