Is this the oldest tree in the world?

O the oldest tree in the world it may have been standing for centuries when the first boulders were erected at Stonehenge, new research suggests.

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

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