Monday, April 21, 2008

Holy aged tree! Wait...

...not holy. Not at all. It must have been planted by Satan himself.

It seems that Methuselah, the 4,768 year old bristlecone pine in California, has been dethroned by an even older tree. A cluster of spruces was recently discovered on Fulu Mountain in Sweden, all of which appear to be at least 8,000 years old. The granddaddy of the bunch is 9,550. Apparently, the stems (trunks) of these trees only last about 600 years, but after the trunk dies a new one can sprout from the same old root system. Pretty cool, first of all because it is, and second of all because now we have something else to wave in front of the face of any silly young Earth creationist who tries to argue that Methuselah's age coincides with Noah's flood so it proves his inane literal interpretation of the Bible.

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