Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Oldest Living Things in the World

The durable mystery of longevity makes the species in this book all the more precious, and all the more worthy of being preserved. Looking at an organism that has endured for thousands of years is an awesome experience, because it makes us feel like mere gastrotrichs. But it is an even more awesome experience to recognize the bond we share with a 13,000-year-old Palmer’s oak tree, and to wonder how we evolved such different lifetimes on this Earth.

- The Oldest Living Things in the World by Rachel Sussman, Carl Zimmer and Hans Ulrich Obrist

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