These are some of the oldest organisms on Earth, in photographs

Next time you complain about aging, have a thought for these incredible organisms! Since 2004, Brooklyn-based artist Rachel Sussman has researched, collaborated with biologists and ‘braved some of the world’s harshest climates from Antarctica to the Mojave Desert in order to photograph the oldest continuously living organisms on Earth’. So what does this collection include?

An 80,000-year-old plant (with a ‘massive root system’), a Japanese cedar tree between 2,180 and 7,000 years old, and 5,500-year-old Antarctic moss. Sussman even gave a TED talk on her project, which is also pretty incredible to watch.

Via This is Colossal

An underground forest in South Africa's Pretoria region, which was 13,000 years old before it 'died'
A Japanese Cedar tree that is estimated to be as old as 7,000 years, in Yakushima, Japan
5,500-year-old moss sits on Elephant Island in Antarctica
Located in Sweden, this Spruce Grab Picea is estimated to be 9,550 years old
Found in Namibia, the Welwitschia Mirabilis is thought to be 2,000 years old

About the author

Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. Some of her main passions include philosophy, art, travel, and sarcasm.