Europe's 'Oldest Living Inhabitant' Is Looking Pretty Darn Good

“Another story about something old?” you might be thinking. “Wasn’t there a story about a really old shark just last week?” But bear with us, and stop being so ageist. This tree is pretty cool. The Bosnian pine, found in the highlands of northern Greece, is more than 1,075 years old, according to a Friday news release from Sweden’s Stockholm University. The tree was discovered by a group of researchers from Stockholm University, the University of Mainz in Germany and the University of Arizona in the U.S. “In our research, we try to build long chronologies to construct climate histories, so finding living trees of old age is one of our motivations,” Swedish dendrochronologist (read: someone who studies tree rings) and expedition leader Paul J. Krusic said in the release. To determine the tree’s age, the researchers had to remove a core of wood from inside the tree in order to count growth rings, but this process isn’t harmful to the tree. They also didn’t reach the center of the tree, which means there are still more rings that were uncounted, Krusic told The Washington Post. That’s why the researchers describe the tree as being “more than” 1,075 years old. And while this particular tree is hogging a lot of the media spotlight, Krusic told WaPo it’s surrounded by other trees that all hover in age around 1,000 years old. The scientists are calling the tree the “oldest living inhabi...
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