A beautiful example of a long-dead bristlecone pine in the foreground with the populated slopes of pines in the background.
Makes one wonder how many samples exist out there that could go back even further in time.
However, some recent debate concerning the record of rings found in the dead wood has led to proposals of much older dates for the flood, and ultimately creation.
Flood dates in the range of 10,000 to 15,000 years before present have been suggested, but it could be possible that the preserved dead wood grew in the period before the flood.
Journal Name: pp 143-51 of Radioactive Dating and Methods of Low-Level Counting.
Vienna, International Atomic Energy Agency, 1967.; Other Information: From IAEA Symposium on Radioactive Dating and Methods of Low-Level Counting, Monaco, France, Mar.
Of course, "modern" evolutionists have held these dates up for ridicule, but the Bristlecone pine research may well verify them. Some experiments have even suggested that many periods of time could have been characterized by the growth of one extra ring every one to four years, with evidence in controlled laboratory situations showing extra ring growth tied to short drought periods.