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2000 year-old seeds germinated

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A 2000 year-old date palm seed from the siege of Masada was germinated earlier this year.  The seedling is now 80 cm. tall.  That makes it the only known survivor of Masada from before the Roman siege.  https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/051122-old-plant-seed-food/

With the exception of a lupine seed recovered from a 10,000-year-old lemming burrow in permafrost, this is the oldest know germination.

Methuselah is also the name of the oldest known bristlecone pine.  It's 4850 years old.  An aspen clone in Utah (Clone Pando) is somewhere between 80,000 and one million years old and a Norway spruce in northern Sweden was dated at 9550 years old (I hear an older one has recently been discovered.).

Wikipedia has a list:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_oldest_trees

There's also a list of old trees at:  http://www.rmtrr.org/oldlist.htm


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I am always amazed by stories of really old seeds germinating. I mean...2000 years... wow.

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