Thursday, June 26, 2008

Ancient Extinct Palm Tree Reserected

Excerpted from Yahoo News:
WASHINGTON - Just over three years old and about one metre tall, Methuselah is growing well.

"It's lovely," Dr. Sarah Sallon said of the date palm, whose parents may have provided food for the besieged Jews at Masada some 2,000 years ago. The little tree was sprouted in 2005 from a seed recovered from Masada, where rebelling Jews committed suicide rather than surrender to Roman attackers.

Radiocarbon dating of seed fragments clinging to its root, as well as other seeds found with it that didn't sprout, indicate they were about 2,000 years old: the oldest seed known to have been sprouted and grown.

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