4 lessons from a 97 year old real estate agent

Publication: MSN/SwitchYard Media   Date: September 16, 2010   View Article

Buy a house today if you can, but don’t sell one if you don’t have to, says George W. Johnson, a 97-year-old real-estate agent who has been working the Seattle market since 1936.

Johnson, who is reluctant to call himself America’s oldest real-estate agent — he says he just learned of a 99-year-old broker in Florida — has seen his share of housing booms and busts since he hung his first real-estate shingle 74 years ago.

Oldest Rocks on Earth Discovered?

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 25, 2008   View Article

An expanse of bedrock along Hudson Bay, Canada, may be a chunk of crust that formed not long after the solar system was born nearly five billion years ago, according to a new study.

Oldest Primate Fossil in North America Discovered

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: March 3, 2008   View Article

A newly found species small enough to fit in the palm of a hand is North America’s oldest known primate, according to a new study.

Christopher Beard, a paleontologist at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, recently discovered fossils of the 55-million-year-old creature on the Gulf Coastal Plain of Mississippi.

405-Year-Old Clam Called Longest-Lived Animal

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 29, 2007   View Article

A clam dredged from icy Arctic waters is being hailed as the world’s longest-lived animal.

Climate researchers at Bangor University in the United Kingdom recently counted 405 annual growth rings in the shells of a quahog clam.

Newfound Fossils Reveal Secrets of World’s Oldest Forest

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: April 18, 2007   View Article

The world’s earliest forest may have been filled with slender trees that were three stories tall and capped with branches that resembled bottlebrushes.

That’s the picture painted by two newfound fossils that are providing unprecedented insight into the appearance and ecology of the first known forest, according to a new study.

Oldest Dentistry in Americas Found – Fang Dentures?

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 14, 2006   View Article

The earliest dental patient in the Americas spent many hours with the dentist and likely experienced excruciating—perhaps deadly—pain, according to an analysis released today of skeletal remains uncovered in the volcanic highlands of west-central Mexico.

Found at the oldest known burial site in Mesoamerica—the area from central Mexico south to El Salvador—the remains are dated to between 2570 B.C. and 2322 B.C.

Shorebirds Face Extinction Due to Crab Decline

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: April 18, 2006   View Article

The food web around the horseshoe crab—one of Earth’s oldest species—is beginning to unravel, scientists say.

Certain species of migratory shorebirds depend on excess crab eggs to fuel the final leg of their spring journey to the Arctic. Researchers are concerned the birds are in jeopardy.

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