Alive since the Pleistocene
07.06.2010, 1:01 pm
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oldest living things: clonal mojave yucca #0609-4106 (12,000 + years old; mojave desert, CA) © rachel sussman

This week FOP was thrilled to learn that artist Rachel Sussman will be presenting her project, The Oldest Living Things in the World at TEDGlobal 2010. All living organisms in her photos have lived continuously for at least 2000+ years.  We were amazed to find that several organisms included in the portfolio have been alive since the Pleistocene.

Her project is still underway and will take her to every continent, including Antartica.  Rachel has pledged to keep some of the locations secret to protect the ancient life they hold. So, we look forward to seeing more of her work in the coming months and experiencing it as another means of projecting our imaginations into the Pleistocene.

You can check out Rachel’s full project here and read the TEDGlobal 2010 program here.

oldest living things: underground forest #0707-10333 (up to 13,000 years old; pretoria, south africa) © rachel sussman

oldest living things: clonal creosote bush #0906-3637 (12,000 years old; mojave desert, california) © rachel sussman

oldest living things: siberian actinobacteria #tv-26 (400,000 – 600,000 years old; neils bohr institute, copenhagen) © rachel sussman

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