Nature’s Toughest Long-Livers (22 pics)

Meet these amazing living things which are still among us despite being born more than two thousand years ago. They would call any centenarian a toddler… if only they could talk.


Welwitschia; 2,000 years old

Namib Naukluft Desert, Namibia

Sagole Baobab; 2,000 years old

Limpopo Province, South Africa

Brain Coral; 2,000 years old

Speyside, Tobago

Sentinel Tree; 2,150 years old

Sequoia National Park, CA

Patagonian Cypress; 2,200 years old

Alerce Costero National Monument, Chile

Armillaria Ostoyae; 2,400 years old

Malhuer National Forest, OR

Fortingall Yew; 2-5,000 years old

Perthshire, Scotland

Jomon Sugi Japanese Cedar; 2,000-7,000 years old

Yaku Shima, Japan

Chestnut Tree; 3,000 years old

Sant A'lfio, Sicily

Olive Tree; 3,000 years old

Ano Vouves, Crete

La Llareta; 3,000 years old

Atacama Desert, Chile

Bald Cyprus; 3,500 years old

Seminole County, FL

Bristlecone Pine; 5,000 years old

White Mountains, CA

Spruce Gran Picea; 9,500 years old

Fulufjället, Sweden

Antarctic Beech; 12,000 years old

Clonal Mojave Yucca; 12,000 years old

Mojave Desert, CA

Clonal Creosote Bush; 12,000 years old

Mojave Desert, CA

Underground Forest; 13,000 years old

Pretoria, South Africa

Lomatia Tasmanica; 43,600 years old

Clonal Quaking Aspens; 80,000 years old

Fish Lake, UT

Posidonia Oceania Sea Grass; 100,000 years old

Balearic Islands, Spain

Siberian Actinobacteria; 400,000-600,000 years old

Neils Bohr Institute, Copenhagen


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  1. Mr. Ree
    I have some Fruit of the Loom underwear that are 12 years old. I've worn them 100's of times and washed them 6 times. They're daisy fresh!
  2. Bruce in Orlando
    The 3500 year old tree @ #12 just burned and is now dead.
  3. ALeach
    downvote for citing huffingtoncompost
  4. Enter your name
    downvote is for redditors
  5. gigantes
    the clonal species, including the brain coral, do not belong on this list IMO. they are not the original organism, only copies of it.

    and even clones have genetic drift if i'm not mistaken.
  6. orendadude
    Betty White, 90 years old!!
  7. ALeach
    #8 Glad they were able to narrow it down.
  8. ptpie                    show commment
  9. pitterpat

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