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Old 02-07-2020, 01:11 PM
 
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cool. kinda like a time machine.

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Their names are Adam, Jonah, Uriel, Boaz, Judith, and Hannah, and their ages are—well, actually, this one’s a bit complicated.

Adam, Jonah, Uriel, Boaz, Judith, and Hannah are date-palm trees, and although they were all planted in recent years, the seeds from which they germinated all came from ancient archaeological sites. These seeds, according to radiocarbon dating, were about 2,000 years old. They had waited two millennia to sprout.
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/...-seeds/606079/
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Old 02-07-2020, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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That's amazing. Two thousand years old. Not in my wildest dreams would I have guessed that those seeds would sprout.
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Old Yesterday, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I think this sort of thing is quite exciting.

Didn’t they germinate and grow some old beans found in a long abandoned Indian cliff dwelling years ago?
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Old Yesterday, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Seeds are amazing, but they are not immortal. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldest_viable_seed

Storage conditions have to remain about perfect for a very long time.
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Old Today, 11:23 AM
 
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Seeds are amazing, but they are not immortal. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldest_viable_seed

Storage conditions have to remain about perfect for a very long time.
31,800 ±300 years

holy mackerel, that makes this example look pretty tame in comparison.
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