10 of the most long-living organisms of the Earth

In 2011, one of the British explorers made a loud statement that our generation has already been born a man, able to live 150 years. Even if it proves true, such a term is very small compared to many organisms of the planet. Of course, to live for hundreds and thousands of years, it is best to be a plant or a bacterium, but the numbers are still impressive.

10 of the most long-living organisms of the Earth

Text of National Geographic Russia

188 years

1. The radiated tortoise (188 years) — champions of formally documented age among reptiles. Turtle Tui Malila, according to legend, presented to the chief of the island of Tonga by Captain Cook, lived for 188 years, died in 1965.

radiated tortoise

2. The radiated tortoise found only on Madagascar and on the brink of extinction.

radiated tortoise

211 years

3. Bowhead whales (211 years). Initially it was thought that bowhead whales live for about 70 years. But then in the body of one of them were found on the tips of harpoons beginning of the XIX century!

bowhead whales

4. Other research based on the study of amino acids in the eyes and teeth of the whale, confirmed these data — bowhead whales can live for more than 200 years old, making them the champions among mammals.

bowhead whales

500 years

5. Clams (500 years) species Arctica islandica look like the most ordinary shells. But looks can be deceiving — counted the rings on the shell of shellfish, biologists found that they live more than 300 years. The prize for longevity got mollusk, called Min — 507 years. This is an absolute record among the organisms do not live in colonies.

Shellfish (500 years) species Arctica islandica

2400 years

6. Mushrooms (2400 years). In 2003, the scientific community stirred up the opening of the colony of the fungus Armillaria solidipes (Armillaria Solidipes) age over 2,400 years. The fungus is underground, covering approximately 5 square kilometers, and is considered one of the oldest inhabitants of the Earth.

Armillaria solidipes

5000 years

7. Pinus Longaeva (5000 years) — a relatively small conifer, often bent at odd angles. Unpresentable appearance does not play any role, given the ability of these pines live millennium.

Pinus Longaeva

8. The oldest of the found tree named Methuselah, the year 5062 — in fact, he is the same age as many of our oldest civilizations.

Pinus Longaeva

11,000 years

9. Larrey’s Tridentata (11 000 years) — a shrub whose leaves have medicinal properties. In 1970, Frank Vasek discovered that a ring-shaped bush in the Mojave Desert is one of the body — the so-called klonialnoy colony. bush branches can only live a couple of hundred years, but the root system is practically eternal.

Larrey's Tridentata

34,000 years

10. The bacteria (34 000 years). In the mid-90s a group of scientists announced that they had managed to revive the colony of bacteria extracted from immured in amber bees age of 40 million years. In 2000 he did the same with the bacteria 250 million years from the salt crystals.


11. These statements are yet to be tested. Officially confirmed by the age of the strain of bacteria is still shocking — 34 thousand years.


80,000 years

12. Populus tremuloides (80 thousand years). Colony, consisting of clones — the surest way to immortality, and Populus tremuloides clearly realized this.

Populus tremuloides

13. Individual poplar do not live more than 130 years, but klonialnaya colony, known as Pando there for 80 000 years, continually growing new children.

Populus tremuloides

200,000 years

14. Posidonius (200 thousand years) — a plant of the genus of sea grasses, native to the Mediterranean. Taken from one of the types of Posidonius — Posidonia oceanica — DNA samples showed that the plant is able to live a colony of 100 to 200 thousand years. The existence of this longevity is seriously threatened by global warming and development of sea shores.

Posidonia oceanica


15. Medusa Turritopsis dohrnii — supposedly immortal being. Many jellyfish polyps start out as fixed, but Turritopsis only capable of reconversion. If they are in danger of dying, including from disease or old age, Turritopsis simply returned to the polyp stage, the budding of new clones of itself. And this cycle can go on forever.

Medusa Turritopsis dohrnii

It should also be noted that immortality — a tricky thing, and some members of the list of «live» almost an eternity only due to their genetic clones. On the other hand, trees or jellyfish is probably indifferent.