Oldest Living Thing on Earth Found by Australian Scientists

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 , Posted by JED at 9:36:00 AM

Oldest Living Thing on Earth Found by Australian Scientists

A 200,000-year-old giant patches of seagrass which was discovered by Australian scientists in the Mediterranean Sea is now considered to be earth's oldest living thing.

Believed to be a Posidonia oceanica (a seagrass species commonly known as Neptune Grass or Mediterranean tapeweed), the seagrass was between 12,000 and 200,000 years old and was most likely to be at least 100,000 years old. This is far older than the current known oldest species, a Tasmanian plant that is believed to be 43,000 years old.

The separate patches of seagrass in the Mediterranean span almost 10 miles and weigh more than 6,000 tons.

Photo: Getty images

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  1. Hoinqus says:

    Consider . . no one knows exactly how long Amoebas have been around (some say 3 billion years, or so), but since they multiply by simply dividing (and are thereby virtually (genetically) identical to each that has gone before . . does that mean that every Amoeba alive today is effectively 3 billion years old?

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