Rachel Sussman Photographs The Oldest Living Things In The World

For nearly a decade, Brooklyn-based contemporary artist and photographer Rachel Sussman has been researching and traveling the globe in search of the world's oldest living organisms and some of them are even 80,000 years old. From Antarctica to Greenland, the Australian Outback to Mojave Desert, she takes some stunning photographs of ancient organisms.

The list includes a colony of aspens tree in Utah that are thought to be around 80,000 years old, a 43,600-year-old self-propagating shrub, the dense Llareta plants living more than 3,000 years and many others.

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Stromatolites: 2,000-3,000 years old (Carbla Station, Western Australia)

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Pafuri Baobab: Up to 2,000 years old (Kruger National Park, South Africa)

La Llareta: 2,000+ years old (Atacama Desert, Chile)

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Welwitschia Mirabilis: 2,000 years old (Namib-Naukluft Desert, Namibia)

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Antarctic Moss: 5,500 years old (Elephant Island, Antarctica)

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Jōmon Sugi, Japanese Cedar (2,180-7,000 years old; Yakushima, Japan

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Mojave Yucca (12,000 years old, Mojave Desert, California)

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Spruce Gran Picea  (9,550 years old; Fulufjället, Sweden)

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