There are no trees older than 4400 years, says one of my readers. Is this evidence for a young earth and a global flood?
Why are there no trees more than 4400 years old? For the same reason that there are no people more than 115 years old. Living things have life spans, even if in the case of trees they can span millennia.
It's not true, either. There is a colony of cloned trees, sharing the same roots, that is 80,000 years old.
Live Science's conclusion may be a bit hasty. Discover Magazine published an article by a scientist who studies the aspens. He says ...
So while the exact date is unknown, there are trees and bushes much older than 4,400 years.
The only way that a 4400-year-old tree, even if it were the oldest, could be evidence of a global flood that destroyed all previous trees or evidence of a young earth, is if there were many trees of almost exactly the same age. Otherwise, the oldest tree is evidence for nothing except that the life span of trees is longer that the life span of most other life forms.