What is the Oldest Living Organism on Earth?

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A tree.
The Old List is curated by scientists and is a list of all officially dated ancient trees (image credit: Unsplash/Roman Averin).

"What's the oldest tree or other living organism on Earth?" That question was posed to BBC Crowd Science, and it turns out it's a difficult question to answer. The oldest confirmed organism is a bristlecone pine tree in California that's 5,067 years old. But its possible there are a few other organisms on the planet that are much older.

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What is the Oldest Living Organism on Earth?
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