What is the oldest living thing on Earth?
Noooo ! It is not me -- and please try to answer before you go searching on the internet.
There are some trees that are around 5,000 years old, but I can't name them from my head.
There are also some plant colonies that are interconnected that are much older than that, though, some would argue that they don't technically count since they are clonal. That's the best I can do from my head.
Good answer, Kevin, for Mother Earth is very much alive. But what is the oldest living thing ON Earth?
It sounds like you may not like that so I will say insects.
Ah hahaha, Kevin, I admire your determination. Nope on insects.
There is an old, large turtle which lives at the very bottom of the sea, I believe in the darkest part there is. There is only one of its type.
Or the Loch Ness monster. lol
I confess, I don't know, Phyllis, but I'm thinking along the lines of alligator, shark, or sea turtle. Then, of course there's the plant kingdom: basic algae, sequoias, and redwoods. One-cell amoebas?
I'm trying to decide which way you're asking this. Is it the thing lives the longest or something that has been living and dying for the longest period of history? I'd say some kind of tree probably lives the longest - something like the giant redwoods in California. I'd pick some type of one-celled organism as the one that fits the description as what's been here since almost the beginning of time, but I don't know which one. I'm definitely going to Google this one, but I'll keep the answer to myself if I find it.
I looked it up. I was amazed to see all of the things that are thousands of years old. Thanks for asking the question.
Oldest living thing, since appeared on Earth. You have some good ideas, Sheila.
The cockroach? It is certainly one of the oldest living species, but I'm not sure if you want a living being or a living species. Actually, I don't know, but I do know that the oldest dead human on earth is a 2,000,000 year old skeleton found in the Bosnian Pyramid a few years ago, but mainstream archaeologists don't admit it and don't want you to know about it.
Wow! A 2,000,000 year old skeleton? That is amazing. No, it is not the cockroach. This is ONE thing and is the oldest living thing on Earth. It has been living longer than any other thing.
I heard this in a lecture by Dr. Semir Osmanigich, the expert on the Bosnian Pyramid. Dr. "Sam" was in little Rock a couple of years ago.
I will have to try and find some info on this finding. It is so interesting.
I'd imagine a redwood tree and maybe in 2nd place Koi which can live up to 200 years. And no, I did not search online for answers, just searched my brain Hope it helps.
There was an oak tree in Wales which was destroyed in a storm last year which dated back to before William the Conqueror which put it at over 1000 years old. Some yew trees grow to be very old too.
Thank you everyone for your participation and delightful answers, I so enjoyed this session and appreciate your participating.
METHUSELAH, a Bristlecone Pine is the oldest continuously living thing on Earth, at 4,845 years. This tree is in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, in the White Mountains, Inyo County, California.
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