Scientists used 2,000 year old seeds to regrow an extinct species of date tree. The tree long disappeared from the Judean desert but archeologists found seeds on digs. Surprisingly, the seeds worked and grew a male and female of the species. They hope to use them to produce biblical era dates.

Dates Like Jesus Ate? Scientists Revive Ancient Trees From 2,000-Year-Old Seeds

The world’s most remarkable date palm trees might not exist if Sarah Sallon hadn’t gotten sick while working as a doctor in India in 1986. Antibiotics didn’t help. What cured here, she thinks, were some traditional herbal remedies.

“It was just amazing. It was so incredible,” she says. “And then I got very interested. There’s nothing like a doctor cured of their problem to get them interested in something.”

When she moved back home to Israel, to her job at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, she went looking for medicinal plants there. And she found lots of them. But she also heard about ancient medicinal plants that had disappeared.

“They’re just historical ghosts,” she says. “Like the famous date plantations along the De… Continue Reading (3 minute read)

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  1. Ploombfeathers

    I for one am eager to discover how biblical era dates compare to my experiences with modern day Tinder and Bumble.

  2. Motleystew17

    I also heard that they found some cheese recipes from the time of Christ. The company that plans to produce and sell them is calling it cheeses of Nazareth.

  3. laughterwithans

    Pshhhh. I can already produce tons of Biblical era dates:

    300 BC

    275 BC

    1237 BC

    2764 BC

    See, not that hard

  4. KWTIII

    Literally ancient seed from Stardew Valley

  5. cloudywater1

    It’s 2020… so reviving the dead anything makes me hella nervous.

  6. DistinguishedAsshole

    Sounds like these seeds are pretty dated.

  7. HesseHadHash

    So…oldest date tree to date?

  8. All_Your_Base

    If a lady offers you one, look around for snakes first.

  9. monchota

    Well since its 2020 , we will grow them and also find a special species of locust live inside and we are all dead.

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