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The oldest living things in the world

Author: Rachel Sussman; Hans Ulrich Obrist; Carl Zimmer
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"The Oldest Living Things in the World is an epic journey through time and space. Over the past decade, artist Rachel Sussman has researched, worked with biologists, and traveled the world to photograph continuously living organisms that are 2,000 years old and older. Spanning from Antarctica to Greenland, the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback, the result is a stunning and unique visual collection of ancient  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Illustrated works
Pictorial works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rachel Sussman; Hans Ulrich Obrist; Carl Zimmer
ISBN: 9780226057507 022605750X
OCLC Number: 865452381
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: xxxiii, 269 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: 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. Giant sequoia ; Bristlecone pine ; Creosote bush ; Mojave yucca ; Honey mushroom ; Box huckleberry ; Palmer's oak ; Pando ; The Senator ; Map lichens --
Infographic 2 : Linnean taxonomy --
South America. Llareta (or yareta) ; Alerce ; Brain coral --
Europe. Fortingall yew ; Chestnut of 100 horses ; Posidonia sea grass ; Olive ; Spruce --
Infographic 3 : deep timeline --
Asia. J'mon sugi ; Sri maha bodhi ; Siberian actinobacteria --
Africa. Baobab ; Underground forests ; Welwitschia --
Australia. Antarctic beech ; Tasmanian lomatia ; Huon pine ; Eucalyptus : NSW and WA ; Stromatolites --
Antarctica. Antarctic moss --
Infographic 4 : growth strategy --
Roads not (yet) taken --
Researchers, guides, guests, and "a little way through."
Responsibility: Rachel Sussman ; with essays by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Carl Zimmer ; photography editor: Christina Louise Costello ; infographics: Michael Paukner.


Takes you on a journey through time and space. The author begins at "year zero," and looks back from there, photographing the past in the present. Alongside the photographs, she combines tales of her  Read more...


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"The Oldest Living Things in the World adds in dramatic manner a fascinating new perspective-literally, dinosaurs-of the living world around us." (Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University) "The durable Read more...

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