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There's a Good Reason This Tree Is Named After the Oldest Man in the Bible


“We’re just trying to get him a girlfriend.”

The tree named Methuselah was sprouted from an ancient seed found near Masada. It could one day reveal one kind of food once eaten in the Judean desert. (Photo courtesy: Dr. Elaine Solowey, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies)

Methuselah lived 969 years, the Book of Genesis described, making Noah’s grandfather the man to have lived longer than anyone else.

So it’s fitting that researchers in the southern Israeli Negev desert chose that name for a date palm they cultivated from a 2,000-year-old seed found during excavations in Masada.

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