April 16th, 2008


Bishop Ussher turns in his grave

Scientists have found a cluster of spruces in the mountains in western Sweden which, at an age of 8,000 years, may be the world's oldest living trees.

If this result holds up, it sadly demotes California's bristlecone pines to the also-ran category. But I think we can save face if we get our definitions of 'tree' straight. From the article:

"Although a single tree trunk can become at most about 600 years old, the spruces had survived by pushing out another trunk as soon as the old one died, Professor Kullman said."