I bet you won’t guess what it is?
Australian scientists from the University of Western Australia have recently done genetic work on this organism and found it to have an estimated age of up to 200 000 years!? It’s a patch of giant sea grass in the Mediterranean.
Patches of sea grass were sampled across a 2000km area spanning from Spain to Cyprus, and after analysis it was found that patches had were between 12 000 and 200 000 years old, and expected to be at least 100 000 years old.
Damn Australian scientists, until now Australia held the record for oldest living organism, a Tasmanian plant species (Lomatia tasmanica) with an age of 43 000 years old.
This kind of makes our kingdom, the animals, look like chumps in comparison. The oldest living animals belong to the black coral genus Leiopathes, continuously living organisms with an age of around 4,265 years old.