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Posted by abeodbart December 31, 2009 at 2:57 pm


It began life during the last ice age, long before man turned to agriculture and built the first cities in the fertile crescent of the Middle East. It was already thousands of years old when the Egyptians built their pyramids and the ancient Britons erected Stonehenge.

The Jurupa Oak tree first sprouted into life when much of the world was still covered in glaciers. It has stood on its windswept hillside in southern California for at least 13,000 years, making it the oldest known living organism, according to a study published today.

Independent (thanks, Tammy)

December 31, 2009 at 3:00 pm
Diane Brown says:

I’d love to hug that old tree!!!

December 31, 2009 at 3:04 pm
MC8 says:

How long until it gets chopped down?

December 31, 2009 at 3:28 pm
Fink says:

That kinda puts a spanner in the theories of creationists doesn’t it?! :)

December 31, 2009 at 3:48 pm
Jamcob says:

I wonder what the hard-core creationists will say about this Genesis-contradicting tree. :-/

December 31, 2009 at 3:52 pm
Eric says:

but what about pando?

seems like only whacko things come out of my home state, give a little love to pando. Good hiking in that area and no missionaries to be found anywhere. :)

December 31, 2009 at 4:11 pm
Raymond says:

Wow that is a great story. Unbelievable 13.000 years what this tree withstood.

December 31, 2009 at 4:43 pm
@chrisfromdevon says:

wowzer if only it could speak!

December 31, 2009 at 4:46 pm
charlotte says:

woahh!! old!!! i have the urge to turn into a tree hugger haha 😀 x

December 31, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Absolutely wonderful! I simply cannot get my head around something being that ancient.
You just wish it could talk to us, don’t you? Imagine the things it has seen & could tell us.

LC x

December 31, 2009 at 5:59 pm
Jess xxx says:

Respect the elderly…

Hug a tree 😀

December 31, 2009 at 6:17 pm
Sebastián says:

This is absolutely unbelievable; 13 thousand years! 13 THOUSAND YEARS!

December 31, 2009 at 6:46 pm

@Fink: “That kinda puts a spanner in the theories of creationists doesn’t it?!”

Not at all. The tree isn’t millions of years old and the article says “If the age estimate it correct,..blah, blah…”

Maybe it’s not correct. Who says the climate in that part of California has always been the same. i.e. “successive periods of drought, frost, storms and high winds”?

December 31, 2009 at 7:46 pm
spiderabc1 says:

Next hippy tourist attraction I assume. How unfortunate. I’m sending big environment friengly hugs through the air waves too.

December 31, 2009 at 9:23 pm
BathTub says:

I can name at least 3 older plants.

The Kings Lomatia in Tasmania is around 43,000 years old.
Pando the Quaking Aspen as mentioned about is about 80,000 (and possibly much more) years old.
And a colony of Posidonia oceanica in the mediteranian is thought to be about 100,000 years old.

Then of course there is the Jellyfish that is essentially immortal.

January 2, 2010 at 12:14 pm
Colin says:

Pah! It could tell us some things, but we could tell it how the universe got started, and when, and what is to become of it.

And yes, lets see how the creationists rationalise this, should be good for a laugh.

January 2, 2010 at 1:32 pm
Fink says:

To Stewart Cowan…. don’t creationists think the world is somewhere between 5000 to 10000 years old. Not millions. As for climate change, this would be taken into account in all forms of dating, so yes this blows creation theories out of the water. As do the even older plants mentioned.


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