6 in 60 – Number 7: Age Is Just A Number


Another Tuesday, another super quick 6 scientific things in 60 seconds. This one is about all things old.

  1. Currently the record for the longest living human goes to Jeanne Calment who lived to the age of 122.1
  2. Tortoises hold the record for longest living terrestrial organism. The oldest tortoise was 255 when it died in 2006.
  3. The oldest tree in europe goes to a Yew tree in north wales believed to be 4000 – 5000 years old.
  4.  The earth itself is estimated to be 4.54 billion years old.
  5. There is a jellyfish that can reverse its life cycle effectively making it “immortal” although way more research is needed.
  6. The oldest insect is thought to be the queen ant that is said to live for up to 30 years.

Hope you’ve all enjoyed this weeks edition!

The Sources

The first fact is thanks to a lot of research on my point for all things old however here is an article from the new york times. Here is the news article on the sad death of clive the 255 year old tortoise. I recently put out a blog on the ancient yew trees in fact number 3 which can be found here or there is more information on yew trees here. Although widely researched this is the best article I found on the age of the earth from the U.S geological society. For number 5 there is an excellent article on the immortallity of the jelly fish Turritopsis dohrnii by RR Helm for deep sea news. Number 6 comes from the book of insect records as found here.


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