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Is this the oldest tree in the world?

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The world’s oldest tree may have been standing for centuries when the first boulders were erected at Stonehenge, new research suggests.

The ancient giant, an alerce (Fitzroya cupressoides) known as the “Gran Abuelo” (or great grandfather in Spanish) that towers over a ravine in the Chilean Andes, may be roughly 5,400 years old, a new computer model suggests. If that date can be confirmed, it would make the Gran Abuelo nearly 600 years older than the current official record holder (opens in new tab) for the world’s oldest tree, a Great Basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) in California known as “Methuselah.”

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