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Europe's oldest tree is over 1,000 years old

By T.K. Randall
August 22, 2016 · Comment icon 14 comments

Researchers counted the tree's rings to determine its age. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Donar Reiskoffer
A Bosnian pine tree located in Greece has been identified as the oldest living tree on the continent.
Nicknamed 'Adonis', this aged tree has managed to survive against all the odds in a region of the world that has seen more than its fair share of conflict over the last ten centuries.

The tree's age was determined by a group of researchers who drilled a core sample from the trunk and then painstakingly counted all of its rings.

"I am impressed, in the context of western civilization, all the human history that has surrounded this tree; all the empires, the Byzantine, the Ottoman, all the people living in this region," said Stockholm University graduate student Paul J. Krusic who was involved in the study.

"So many things could have led to its demise. Fortunately, this forest has been basically untouched for over a thousand years."

Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (14)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by quiXilver 7 years ago
ironically.. the drilling of the core sample to guesstimate its age, is probably one of its greatest recent threats to its continued longevity...
Comment icon #6 Posted by Gingitsune 7 years ago
Let's hope Mathuselah don't burn down or dry up with the climatic bad stuff going on in Calfornia right now. 
Comment icon #7 Posted by Kleng 7 years ago
Comment icon #8 Posted by Scarlatti 7 years ago
Last time I checked, Britain was still part of Europe and the Fortingall Yew tree in Perthshire is reckoned to be between 2 and 3,000 years old.
Comment icon #9 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
Comment icon #10 Posted by Mr.United_Nations 7 years ago
Thats a tree which is a "colony tree" not independant
Comment icon #11 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
Is a fungus only the mushroom? Nope, the roots are part of the tree, right? I understand it grows a new trunk over and over, but does the trunk define the tree? As long as it grows up from the same root system, it is one tree.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Parsec 7 years ago
Did you check before or after May 23rd?   Anyway, the article says "it's the continent's oldest living tree",  so you are both right
Comment icon #13 Posted by third_eye 7 years ago
Hehehehe the list is as convoluted and twisted as is gnarly ... as the roots themselves ... ~ wiki link ~ or the picture tour guide ... from MNN Galleries link   ~
Comment icon #14 Posted by Zalmoxis 7 years ago
I'm not a tree hugger but I thought this article was interesting.

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