06 April 2010

HELP SUPPORT OLTW on KICKSTARTER!


Hello dear readers! 

As you can imagine, searching out the world's oldest living things is no cheap undertaking. That's why I've started a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.com to try to raise some money to continue with my work. Have $5 to donate? Every contribution helps, and there are some great rewards for pledging.  I have until June 20th to reach my $10,000 goal - please help me get there, so I in turn can get to places like Antarctica, Tasmania and Sri Lanka. 

Just click below for more information, and please pass this along to anyone else you think might be interested. Thank you for your support!

9 comments:

polamour said...

i backed it! what a neat project! :)

bob said...

"Sturgeon and related paddlefish first appeared in the fossil record approximately 200 million years ago, making them among the most ancient of actinopterygian fishes. In that time they have undergone remarkably little morphological change, indicating that their evolution has been exceptionally slow and earning them informal status as living fossils".

rthoburn@ufl.edu

rachel sussman said...

Thanks very much for your comment, Bob. I am fascinated by the primitive species that somehow managed to get it right the first time, and remain relatively unchanged over the course of millions of years. For purposes of my project, however, I am only including continuously living organisms that are older than 2,000 years on an *individual* basis. Primitive species are a whole other can of worms...

Cam H said...

I don't have the financial resources to back you right now, but I'll advertise you on my Twitter account (although that's probably not worth very much, lol).
By the way, sturgeon are some of the longest-living animals. I believe there are some sturgeon that are over 300 years old. Most of what you're covering consists of inanimate plants or animals, but sturgeon might make an interesting footnote.
Just a thought. :)

DiDi said...

Hey all--I don't have much but I backed this project. Every little bit helps, and I truly hope you make your goal, Rachel. This is a fascinating project. Best wishes and God bless!

DiDi said...

Congratulations Rachel! Glad you made your goal and look forward to your publishings! God Bless!

dining tables said...

Congratulations for that very amazing photo. That is one amazing organism. Is it true that it live 2000 years ago? Unbelievable creation of god.

Anonymous said...

Check out the olive trees in Jerusalem, many are thousands of years old.

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I hope that you can raise funds to continue your amazing discovery. There a lot of things in this world are not yet discovered.