Is it the oldest tree in the world?

The oldest tree in the world may have stood for centuries when the first boulders were erected at Stonehenge, according to new research.

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

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