biology question #78



Val Mullen, a 40 year old female from the Internet asks on October 11, 1999,

Q:

Is there really a tree in Tasmania called the Huon Pine that is 20,000 years old?

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the answer

Barry Shell answered on October 11, 1999, A:

I looked up "Huon pine in Tasmania" on the Internet and found: http://www.tased.edu.au/tot/fauna/huon.html which says the huon pine is around 2000 years old. Then I found a site that said the "root stock" of a stand of huon pine is over 10,000 years old. I also found a site from 1995 (http://www.archaeology.usyd.edu.au/profile/macintosh_centre/) that claims to have dated huon pine logs as far back as 17,500 years. You could contact these people for confirmation and references.

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