Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ancient Beings - Primeval Trees

Things you happen across while following a thread.

The Oldest Trees on the Planet

The clonal quaking aspen, ancient organism:

While Pando isn’t technically the oldest individual tree, this clonal colony of Quaking Aspen in Utah is truly ancient. The 105-acre colony is made of genetically identical trees, called stems, connected by a single root system. The “trembling giant” got its start at least 80,000 years ago, when all of our human ancestors were still living in Africa. But some estimate the woodland could be as old as 1 million years, which would mean Pando predates the earliest Homo sapiens by 800,000 years. At 6,615 tons, Pando is also the heaviest living organism on earth.



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At 1:28 PM, Blogger Eci si Cami said...

Very nice! Nature is generally nice but we must have great care of her .....


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