Oldest living tree in Europe found in Greece

A group of international scientists have found the oldest living tree in Europe. The Bosnian pine, growing in the highlands of northern Greece, is more than 1,075 years old.

They named this little pine Adonis after the Greek god of beauty and desire.

This amazing discovery was made by researchers from Stockholm University, the University of Mainz (in Germany) and the University of Arizona.

To determine the tree’s age, They had to remove a core of wood from inside the tree in order to count growth rings. Unfortunately they couldn’t reach the center of the tree. so it has more rings that they couldn’t count.

“It is quite remarkable that this large, complex and impressive organism has survived so long in such an inhospitable environment, in a land that has been civilized for over 3,000 years,” Swedish dendrochronologist Paul J. Krusic said in a news release.

The tree is one of more than a dozen of its kind that are at least 1,000 years old.

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

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Bosnian pine living in the alpine forests of the Pindos mountains in northern Greece (Photo credits: Dr Oliver Konter, Mainz)

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