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Methuselah Methuselah is a bristlecone pine, and the world's oldest living thing.
His growth rings document nearly 47 centuries of survival.
Radiocarbon dates which have been corrected--or rather, calibrated--by comparison to dendrochronological records are designated by abbreviations such as cal BP, or calibrated years before the present.Creationists have shown that the biblical kind is usually larger than the ‘species’ and in many cases even larger than the ’genus’—see my article Ligers and wholphins? Taking this into account would bring the age of the oldest living Bristlecone Pine into the post-Flood era.Claimed older tree ring chronologies depend on the cross-matching of tree ring patterns of pieces of dead wood found near living trees.Environmental inputs into the cambium are primarily regional climatic variations, changes in temperature, aridity, and soil chemistry, which together are encoded as variations in the width of a particular ring, in the wood density or structure, and/or in the chemical composition of the cell walls.At its most basic, during dry years the cambium's cells are smaller and thus the layer is thinner than during wet years.