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Patrut and his colleagues were trying to tease apart baobabs’ unusual architecture, which often includes gaps, or “cavities,” in their trunks that are unique to the species. Back in 2005, the team had selected a few dozen of Africa’s largest baobabs, all of which were living in southern Africa. Using radiocarbon dating of different pieces from the same tree, they figured out that a baobab sprouts a bunch of stems over its lifetime, similar to the way in which other trees grow branches. These multiple stems conspire to create the increasingly complex architecture that the oldest trees are known for.

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