Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Scientists Discover 8,000-Year-Old Trees

High in the mountains of Sweden, scientists stumbled upon a grove of 8,000-year-old Norway spruces, reports Reuters. What are Norway spruces doing in Sweden? We don’t know. The bigger question, how does something live for 8,000 years?

It’s not unheard of trees to live thousands of years. California’s legendary Methuselah tree is almost 5,000-years-old. And researchers have found trees in Sweden that have been growing for 5,500 years.

The ancient Swedish spruces probably survived as 3-foot-tall shrubs for most of the last 8,000 years. Then, as temperatures rose in recent decades, they sprung up. Coverage of the story at Reuters didn’t say how tall the trees are now.

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