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The most ancient African baobabs are dying and no one knows why

ScienceNews - Mon 18 Jun 18

Scientists aren’t sure what’s killing the oldest African baobabs, nine of which have lost big chunks or died in the last 13 years.

Africa’s ancient baobabs are dying

Cosmos Magazine - Tue 12 Jun 18

Climate change a suspected cause of the sudden demise of trees that live for millennia. Fiona McMillan reports.

Scientists shocked by mysterious deaths of ancient trees

BBC News - Mon 11 Jun 18

Many of the oldest and largest specimens of Africa's baobab tree have died over the past 12 years.

Africa’s 2000-year-old trees of life are suddenly dying off

Newscientist - Mon 11 Jun 18

In the past decade most of the oldest baobabs, many of them sprouted over two millennia ago, have died unexpectedly and few new ones are sprouting

'Shocking' die-off of Africa's oldest baobabs: study - Mon 11 Jun 18

Some of Africa's oldest and biggest baobab trees—a few dating all the way back to the ancient Greeks—have abruptly died, wholly or in part, in the past decade, researchers said Monday.

The largest and oldest African baobabs are dying

Arstechnica - Thu 14 Jun 18

No one knows why it's happening.

Scientists make alarming find about ancient trees

FOXNews - Wed 13 Jun 18

Researchers taking a survey of some of the world's oldest and funkiest trees have bad news to report: Africa's legendary baobabs are dying.

Scientists wanted to understand how baobab trees live for thousands of years. Then the ancient trees started dying.

Popular Science - Tue 12 Jun 18

Environment The culprit is still unknown—and at large. The oldest African baobabs (between 1,100 and 2,500 years old) are dying abruptly, according to a new survey of the ...

Africa's Oldest Trees Are Dying, and Scientists Are Stumped

National Geographic - Mon 11 Jun 18

A mysterious killer is claiming the mighty baobab.

Africa's baobab trees can live for more than 1,000 years, but the oldest and largest of them are dying

L.A. Times - Mon 11 Jun 18

The oldest and biggest angiosperm trees in the world, the African baobabs, are dying or already dead, an international team of scientists has found. The scientists added that the spate of deaths, ...

'An event of unprecedented magnitude': Africa's ancient baobabs are dying due to climate change

Daily Mail - Mon 11 Jun 18

Researchers found nine of the oldest 13 baobab trees have died in the past 12 years. The trees are between 1,100 and 2,500 years old and died due to climate change.

Is Climate Change Killing the Baobabs? Nope, even the study authors don’t make the claim!

Watts Up With That? - Mon 18 Jun 18

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen A recent study into the ages of the oldest of Africa’s iconic baobab trees has spawned a lot of press coverage — very little of it scientifically accurate. ...

Climate change could be killing Africa’s giant baobabs - Wed 13 Jun 18

The oldest members of one of Africa’s iconic tree species, the African baobab (Adansonia digitata), appear to be in trouble, according to a study out this week. Across the tree’s range in ...

Some of the oldest and largest baobab trees are dying

Inhabitat - Tue 12 Jun 18

A new survey of baobab trees throughout southern Africa has shown that most of the two dozen largest and oldest trees in the region have died in the past decade or are currently very ill. While ...

One by one, Africa's oldest baobab trees are dying

UPI - Mon 11 Jun 18

Over the last 12 years, Africa has lost several of its oldest and largest specimens of the African baobab.