Jan 25, 2013 12:57 PM by Victor L. Villa

UA studies Prometheus, world's oldest tree

TUCSON - In a peak within Nevada lives a collection of the longest living trees. From here, Prometheus, a Pinus longaeva or a Bristlecone pines tree, was cut down and eventually pieces of it were taken to the University of Arizona.

Prometheus is the oldest tree ever recorded with an age estimated near 5000 years. That is old enough to witness the erection of the pyramids, and the rise and fall of Rome.
Its age was calculated by Dendrochronologists, scientists who study tree rings which result when trees expand during their life.

Another publically known tree named Methuselah is more than 4700 years old.
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