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The Oldest Living Things in the World

The Oldest Living Things in the World


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ISBN-13: 9780226057507
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 04/14/2014
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 259,837
Product dimensions: 10.30(w) x 11.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Rachel Sussman is a contemporary artist based in Brooklyn. Her photographs and writing have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, and NPR’s Picture Show. She has spoken on the TED main stage and at the Long Now Foundation, is a MacDowell Colony and NYFA Fellow and is a trained member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the US and Europe, and acquired for museum, university, corporate, and private collections. She is fiscally sponsored by the Brooklyn Arts Council. To make 100% US tax-deductible donation to support her ongoing work, please visit:

Table of Contents

Preface: The World as We Know It
Art Essay: The Future Is Invented with Fragments from the Past
Hans Ulrich Obrist



Science Essay: How Lives Become Long
Carl Zimmer
Infographic 1: OLTW World Map

North America
1 Giant Sequoia
2 Bristlecone Pine
3 Creosote Bush
4 Mojave Yucca
5 Honey Mushroom
6 Box Huckleberry
7 Palmer’s Oak
8 Pando
9 The Senator
10 Map Lichens
Infographic 2: Linnean Taxonomy

South America
11 Llareta (or Yareta)
12 Alerce
13 Brain Coral

14 Fortingall Yew
15 Chestnut of 100 Horses
16 Posidonia Sea Grass
17 Olive
18 Spruce
Infographic 3: Deep Timeline

19 Jomon Sugi
20 Sri Maha Bodhi
21 Siberian Actinobacteria

22 Baobab
23 Underground Forests
24 Welwitschia

25 Antarctic Beech
26 Tasmanian Lomatia
27 Huon Pine
28 Eucalyptus: NSW and WA
29 Stromatolites

30 Antarctic Moss
Infographic 4: Growth Strategy

Roads Not (Yet) Taken

Researchers, Guides, Guests, and “A Little Way Through”
Chronological Index
Exosystem Index

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