Oldest living thing Posidonia Oceanica, A Self-Cloning Seagrass

By on Feb 9, 2012 in Science Comments

The oldest living organism on Earth, believed to be 200,000-years-old, recently discovered by scientists in the Mediterranean sea is scientifically named Posidonia Oceanica, according to reports by several international news sites on Wednesday, February 8, 2012.

Posidonia oceanica is a seagrass named after the Greek God of the seas, Poseidon.

Reports say that scientists discovered that the Mediterranean tapeweed reproduces itself by cloning. Scientists observed the self-cloning reproduction through DNA results.

DNA sequencing tests reportedly showed that the strand of the seagrass is genetically identical to the one beside it.

Despite its self-cloning capability, the population of the 200-year-old Posidonia Oceanica is on a five (5) percent annual decline due to the effects of climate change.

The discovery of the oldest living organism was led by Professor Carlos Duarte from the University of Western Australia.

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