The age makes the Bosnian pine tree, a Pinus heldreichii nicknamed Adonis, the oldest single tree in Europe, researchers said. To determine the age, they extracted a core from the tree and counted the rings.
According to the scientists from Stockholm University (Sweden), the University of Mainz (Germany) and the University of Arizona (USA), the tree growing in Northern Greece is over 1,075 years old, miking it urrently the oldest known living tree in Europe.Timeline:
941 – Adonis is a seedling. The Byzantine Empire is at its peak. From the North, the Vikings reach the Black Sea.
1041 – Adonis is a 100 years old. In China, a book is published describing gunpowder. A man called Macbeth is crowned King of Scotland.
1191 – Adonis is 250 years old. The universities of Oxford and Paris are founded. The third crusade battles Saladin in the Holy Land.
1441 – Adonis is 500 years old. The Ottoman empire conquers Greece. Many Greek scholars flee to the west, influencing the Renaissance. In Sweden, the first parliament is held in Arboga. Johannes Gutenberg is about to test his first printing press.
1691 – Adonis is 750 years old. Isaac Newton has formulated his Laws on Motion. Ice cream, tea and coffee are introduced in Europe.
1941 – Adonis is a millennium old. World War II is ravaging the world. Greece is occupied by Nazi Germany, Italy and Bulgaria.
SOURCE Stockholm University