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July 31, 2020

OLDLIST — A Database of Ancient Trees


The oldest tree in the database, a bristlecone pine in Nevada named Prometheus, is 4,900 years old.

"Can Trees Live Forever?" is the headline above a New York Times story that appeared earlier this week.

The article discusses a recent scientific paper titled "Long-Lived Trees Are Not Immortal."

The Times piece concluded, "Some trees can live for thousands of years, but we may not be around long enough to really know whether they can die of old age."

July 31, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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