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June 11, 2018 - The Atlantic

Trees That Have Lived for Millennia Are Suddenly Dying

Trees That Have Lived for Millennia Are Suddenly Dying

The oldest baobabs are collapsing, and there's only one likely explanation.

Around 1,500 years ago, shortly after the collapse of the Roman Empire, a baobab tree started growing in what is now Namibia. The San people would eventually name the tree Homasi, and others would call it Grootboom, after the Afrikaans words for “big tree.” As new empires rose and fell, Homasi continued growing.

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