Dating white pine trees
For example, the Pando, or "trembling giant," is a clonal colony made up of more than 40,000 individual quaking aspen (In 2008, peculiar circumstances led to the discovery of the world's oldest individual from a clonal tree: Old Tjikko, a 9,550-year-old Norway spruce located the in Fulufjället Mountains in Sweden, according to scientists at Umeå University.
Old Tjikko is suspected to be the only living trunk of an ancient clonal colony like the Pando.
The Patagonian Cypress (Fitzroya cupressoides) is the term given to tall, evergreen conifer trees which grow in the Valdivian temperate rain forests of South America.
The oldest individual tree in the world is a 5,066 year-old Great Basin bristlecone pine.
It is located in the White Mountains of California.
The trees are able to survive very harsh weather conditions, but a warming climate has allowed them to thrive.
Compared with all of these ancient trees, the oldest living animal, a 183-year-old tortoise, is a young whipper snapper.