Even creationists have said that if you find something that’s alive now that’s over 6000 years old, it would prove to them that the Earth is at least that old.
Previously, the oldest tree in the world was thought to be a Bristlecone Pine in California, known as the Methuselah tree, at 4,840 years old (as of 2008).
It’s huge! But you can also date a tree not by its trunk, but by its root structure. And as The Log Blog reports, Swedish researchers have found a tree on Fulu Mountain that is over 9,000 years old! Although it looks puny because its trunk dies every few hundred years or so and it grows a new one, analysis of its root structure using carbon dating in Miami, FL, shows it to be nearly 10,000 years old. Here is the “little guy” nearing his 10,000th birthday:
This story actually got picked up by the BBC news as well. Why don’t American news companies report stuff like this? What, are we too busy with breaking news? In any case, now when you run across people who tell you that the Universe is 6,000 years old, you can disprove them by showing them a tree.